The 70th Annual Tony Awards are just a couple of days away, and Broadway’s biggest stars are getting ready to descend on New York City’s Beacon Theatre to take in theater’s most celebrated night. This year, all eyes will unsurprisingly be on the cast of Hamilton, the hit hip-hop musical that’s quickly become the hottest—and hardest-to-score—ticket on the Great White Way.
With a whopping 16 Tony nominations—including one for Best Musical—the play leads the pack for this year’s awards. And, naturally, those who have been a part of the play are thrilled by its success. Just ask Girls star Andrew Rannells, who temporarily filled in for Jonathan Groff in the role of King George III last fall. Rannells will be on hand cheering for the cast at Sunday’s Tonys—and it’s no surprise that he’s expecting the highlight of his night to be Hamilton-centric.
“Obviously I’m partial, because I get to be a part of Hamilton,” Rannells told InStyle at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New Jersey last weekend. “I’m very excited for all of them,” he added about the play’s cast. Of course, Rannells is looking forward to seeing other Broadway stars on Sunday night, too. “Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple is such a standout moment for me,” he said. “I’m so excited that she’s performing and I’ll get to see it again.”
Another major moment for Rannells at this year’s Tonys? Hitting the stage as a presenter. While he had yet to find out what category he would be presenting during the show, the actor didn’t have to think twice when asked to do the honor. “They were just like, ‘Do you want to?’” said Rannells. “And I said ‘YES!’”
The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.