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Kristin Chenoweth & Jim Parsons to Announce 2012 Tony Nominations

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Just announced is word that the 2012 Tony Awards Nominations Announcement will be co-hosted by Tony winning actress Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Parsons on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. 

The Tony Nominations can be viewed LIVE (8:30am ET) in their entirety at www.TonyAwards.com and on NY1, where available. The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 10, 2012. 

Emmy- and Tony Award-winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with the captivating grace that only she can project. She received rave reviews while starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies, where she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She has appeared in Fox’s comedy Glee, where she played a former student who comes back to help re-energize the Glee club. For this role, she was nominated for a People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite TV Guest Star. Chenoweth also starred as Annabeth Schott on the hit drama The West Wing and guest judged on American Idol. Chenoweth currently stars as Carlene Cockburn in the new ABC series Good Christian Belles.

Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a leading actress Tony Award nomination.

Kristin’s CDs include A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, Let Yourself Go, As I Am, and Some Lessons Learned. Her debut single, “I Want Somebody (Bitch About)” is a tongue-in-cheek song about finding unconditional love.

She was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of Promises, Promises starring alongside Sean Hayes. She recently wrapped production of her next movie, Ed Zwick's Family Weekend. She was also recently seen in the Disney movie You Again alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell. She is the voice of Rosetta in Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and The Great Fairy Rescue.

Kristin wrote an uplifting candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, A Little Bit Wicked, which was released by Simon & Schuster in April 2009 and debuted at # 12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List.

Her stage credits include: Kern and Hammerstein’s rarely seen 1932 musical Music in the Air at Encores! She starred in Stairway to Paradise, an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Kristin starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of The Apple Tree at Roundabout Theatre Company and also performed in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions and in the Kander and Ebb musical Steel Pier, for which she won a Theatre World award. She also performed in an Off Broadway production of Moliere’s Scapin for Roundabout and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore.

A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. Chenoweth also joined the musical group Il Divo and international violin virtuoso, Vanessa Mae on Il Divo’s for their limited-run holiday tour in 2009. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes’s acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the Divas at Donmar series. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein’s Candide at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic. Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. She also had the honor of playing a sold out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House.

Other TV: E.J. Baxter in the Lifetime Original Movie The Twelve Men of Christmas; Marian Paroo in ABC’s movie version of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man; Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of Annie and Mrs. Noodle on Sesame Street. Kristin also starred in her own series Kristin for NBC, and Fox’s animated series Sit Down, Shut Up and was seen in the season finale of ABC’s Ugly Betty.

Film includes: Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, RV with Robin Williams, Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, Running with Scissors with Annette Bening, The Pink Panther with Steve Martin, and a cameo in Stranger Than Fiction with Emma Thompson. Kristin starred alongside Cheryl Hines and Jeff Daniels in the animated film Space Chimps and in the independent film Into Temptation opposite Jeremy Sisto.

Two-time Emmy winner and Golden Globe® Award winner Jim Parsons continues to bring a winning combination of indelible charm, charisma and comedic timing to his roles on screen and on stage, establishing himself as one of Hollywood's leading men.

Parsons will next be seen in the new Broadway revival of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey. He will take on the will take on the role of Elwood, the genial eccentric who claims to see a six-foot-tall white rabbit named Harvey. The production begins previews at Studio 54 on May 18th with an official opening night of June 14th. The limited engagement runs through August 5th.

Parsons received a Theatre World Award for his debut Broadway performance as Tommy Boatwright in The Normal Heart, starring opposite Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Joe MantelloThe Normal Heart won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, and was presented with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

In 2011 and in 2010, Parsons won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and in 2011 he won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his hilarious work as Sheldon Cooper on CBS's hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. He also received a People's Choice nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and was recently nominated again in 2012. He also received the NAB Television Chairman's Award, which honors significant breakthroughs in television, during the 2010 conference in Las Vegas. In addition, Parsons recently won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association for its very first Critics' Choice Television Awards.

In 2009, The Big Bang Theory won Best Television Comedy at the People's Choice Awards, was selected as an AFI nominee and also won the TCA award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Parsons was nominated two years in a row (2009 and 2010) for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, in addition to winning the award in 2009. TV Guide calls Parsons "a marvelous discovery, creating the most hysterical misfit since Monk."

Parsons has guest starred in an episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom "iCarly" starring Miranda Cosgrove. He recently appeared in the film comedy The Muppets, as well as in The Big Year opposite Rashida Jones, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson.

He has previously appeared on film in Todd Phillips’s School for Scoundrelsopposite Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder, as well as Chris Terrio's Heightsopposite Glenn Close and James Marsden. He has created scene-stealing roles in independent films such as Zach Braff's Garden State, Kevin Connolly's Gardner of Eden and Danny Leiner's The Great New Wonderful.

Parsons has performed in many stage productions including The Castle for the Manhattan Ensemble TheaterThe Countess for the Globe Theater as well as The Tempest and As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.

Parsons has earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from The Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a BA from the University of Houston. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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