“One of the things we’re most proud of is that we got Paramount + for all of our winners, and celebrating these awards on a major platform is a huge achievement,” Hitchens said. “It’s something we’ve wanted for years.”
The broadcast segment is described in a press release as “a live concert event, featuring featured Broadway artists and Tony Award winners coming together on stage to perform beloved classics and celebrate the joy and the magic of live theater ”. Asked for details, Hitchens said, “It’s going to be filled with entertainment on Broadway. More to come on this. “
The two-platform plan is similar to that used by the Grammy Awards, where the majority of awards are announced at a pre-show ceremony, followed by an entertainment-focused TV show. Some of the Tony Award winners named during the streaming ceremony will also be recognized during the televised portion.
The ceremony, originally scheduled for June 7, 2020, will take place in September as part of an effort to reinforce the marketing message that Broadway is back in business – in fact, the show is called “The Tony Awards Present. : Broadway’s Back! »The 41 Broadway theaters have been closed since March 12, 2020; for now, the first show planning performance is “Hadestown” on September 2, followed by “Chicago”, “Hamilton”, “Lackawanna Blues”, “The Lion King” and “Wicked” on September 14 at least two. dozens more in fall and winter.
“Having tickets on sale, having shows announcing their openings and having an announcement about the Tony Awards is exhilarating and hopeful,” said St. Martin.
This year’s awards ceremony – officially known as the Antoinette Perry Awards – will be the 74th such event and will recognize work performed on Broadway between April 26, 2019 and February 19, 2020. The Tony Awards set retroactively this eligibility deadline after determining that too few voters attended a revival of “West Side Story” and a new musical called “Girl From the North Country” which opened in recent weeks before the arrival of the pandemic; these shows are expected to be eligible to compete for awards next year.
Nominations for this year’s ceremony were announced last October; 15 shows managed to score a wink.