High-profile Hollywood actors and Broadway veterans alike are aiming to be honored Sunday night at the 66th annual Tony Awards.
The show, which will air on CBS, begins from New York's Beacon Theatre at 8 p.m.
For their third time, the salute to the theater world's finest will be hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris. Harris, who was a child when he emerged as the title character in the television series "Doogie Howser, M.D.," now stars on the long-running CBS sit-com "How I Met Your Mother."
"Once" -- about an Irish musician and Czech immigrant coming together, in part thanks to their love of music -- racked up the most nominations of any production, with 11. Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti are up for best actor and actress in a musical, respectively, while overall it's one of four contenders for best musical.
Right behind with 10 Tony nods is "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," starring Audra McDonald (who also is on ABC's "Private Practice), Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, all three of whom could take home statuettes.
"Peter and the Starcatcher" leads all plays with nine nominations.
Even those who haven't been to The Great White Way may recognize many of the contenders from television and movies.
This is evident, for example, in the race for best performance of an actor in a leading role in a play. Finalists include Philip Seymour Hoffman for his role in "Death of a Salesman," James Earl Jones from "The Best Man," John Lithgow from "The Columnist," Frank Langella from "Man and Boy" and British actor James Corden from "One Man, Two Guvnors."
The corresponding best actress race features, among others, Stockard Channing for her performance in "Other Desert Cities" and former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon from "Wit."
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" -- one of Broadway's most talked-about shows due to its history of delays and accidents, big budget and the star power of U2's Bono and The Edge, who helped write its music -- scored two Tony nominations, for best costume design and best scenic design in a musical.