The 74th annual ceremony and television broadcast won’t happen until Broadway reopens. How shows will be eligible remains to be determined.
Broadway’s biggest night will have to wait.
Amid a total shutdown of Broadway theaters in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the 74th annual Tony Awards, scheduled for June 7, have been postponed until an undecided date.
Earlier this month, the theater industry announced that Broadway venues would go dark through April 12, and as the pandemic shows no sign of slowing down, that date is expected to be pushed back to May or June.
Tony Award Productions, the company that puts on the awards show, said on Wednesday that the new date for the Tonys would be announced when Broadway reopened its doors. The production company is a joint operation of the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing; the awards ceremony is regularly aired on CBS, and while not a ratings bonanza, it has proved a reliable draw in a fractured media landscape.
The suspension of plays and musicals came at a time when Broadway is usually packed with openings to meet the eligibility deadline for awards. Between March 12, the night that Broadway shut down, and April 23, Broadway had 16 openings scheduled, including “Six,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Take Me Out.”