Tony Awards ceremony hasn’t been hosted in Manhattan in a very long time.
The evening recognizes Broadway’s finest musicals, as well as plays, returning tonight after a long 27-month break.
There will also be a swarm of awards — there seem to be 25 this year — as well as a slew of speeches.
The night’s theme, though, is a tad unusual: it’s aimed at informing spectators that Broadway finally has returned following a devastatingly lengthy pandemic lockdown, therefore it’s believed that a showcasing of theatrical songs and passion would convince spectators to revert back. There seem to be currently 15 Broadway plays in the works, with more in the pipeline each week, however, the Covid-19 is far from finished, and tourism continues to stay low, thus the business is in desperate need of a bump.
This event is split into 2 segments: streaming as well as network.
This year’s Tony Awards will be live-streamed from Broadway’s Winter Garden House, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern until 11 p.m.
The majority of the prizes will be presented throughout the first 2 hours of the show, in an event led by Audra McDonald, she’s 6 times Tony titleholder. Just the streaming company Paramount+ would be allowed to see that part of the program live.
Part 2 of the program will feature a show with Broadway stars performing classic and modern Broadway songs. “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” was the title of the segment of the show.
In talks with CBS, the Tony Awards producers, the Broadway League as well as the American Theater Wing, agreed to the segment of the program with the largest reach — that seems to be, on network TV — will be mainly a concert.
The objective is to spotlight Broadway’s creativity as well as enlighten audiences of the joys of live theatre, in the hopes that most of those individuals would subsequently purchase seats for performances while theatres in NYC (and across the globe) try to rebuild their crowds.