Broadway fans who are distressed that the 74th Annual Tony Awards won’t air on CBS on June 7 as originally planned can take at least some consolation in a one-hour show that will stream that night on TonyAwards.com and BroadwayOnDemand.com.
It won’t replace the Tonys — the COVID-19 pandemic brought the Broadway season to an abrupt halt in mid-March; Tony nominations for this year have yet to be announced — but it will be the next best thing.
Broadway On Demand, the newly launched streaming platform for theater devotees, will host a specially-created event “in celebration of the Broadway community, the Tony Awards, and the global impact that Broadway has as a cultural touchstone around the world.”
The show will stream on June 7 at 6:00 p.m. EST. The show is being created with the support of the co-producers of the Tony Awards — the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. The show will also serve as a fundraiser for both of those entities.
No performers’ names are attached to the show yet, but the behind-the-scenes talent includes several Tony and Grammy nominees. The show will be directed by Tony nominee Lonny Price (A Class Act) and written by Tony and Grammy nominee Karey Kirkpatrick (Something Rotten!), along with Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Kate Wetherhead and Lauren Yee. Musical direction and supervision is by Jason Howland, a Grammy winner for best musical theater album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The show will be produced by Erica Rotstein and Heather Shields. Broadway On Demand serves as executive producer. The production team also includes choreography by Sarah O’Gleby, casting by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, CSA and Craig Burns, CSA; general management by 5th Estate Entertainment / Nathan Gehan; digital marketing and advertising by Situation.
Visitors to TonyAwards.com have encountered this sad announcement, which has led their home page since it was first posted on March 25: “The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner. The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans are of the utmost importance to us. We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again. We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so.”