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Monday 19 March 2018

Chastain to present at Tony Awards

Jessica Chastain is to help hand out the awards at the Tonys
Jessica Chastain is to help hand out the awards at the Tonys

Jessica Chastain has been announced among a host of stars who will be help hand out the Tony Awards later this month.

The Oscar-nominated star of The Help will join celebrity presenters at the ceremony for Broadway stage achievement, which will air live on CBS from New York City on June 10, hosted by How I Met My Mother's Neil Patrick Harris.

Other star presenters include Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer, James Marsden and Sheryl Crow.

James Corden is among this year's nominees for the Broadway production of his hit show One Man, Two Guvnors.

The actor - who won acclaim for his London run of the show - faces eminent names for the title of best leading actor in a play, including Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Earl Jones.

James, 33, was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his West End stint in the show but lost out to Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein.

Former Coronation Street actress Tracie Bennett is another hopeful for this year's awards. She has been nominated for her role as Judy Garland in End Of The Rainbow.

A stage version of the low-budget Irish movie hit Once leads the shortlist with 11 nominations. The musical, a love story about a Dublin busker and a Czech flower seller, features the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hits Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita have both been nominated for best musical revival, along with Follies and Porgy and Bess.

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