The Show Won’t Go On Tony Awards For Broadway Theater Postponed Indefinitely

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The Show Won’t Go On Tony Awards For Broadway Theater Postponed Indefinitely

The annual Tony Awards ceremony celebrating the best in Broadway theater was postponed indefinitely on Wednesday, the latest big cultural event to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

The awards ceremony had been scheduled to take place in New York City on June 7 and was to have been aired on CBS.

Broadway theaters were closed two weeks ago as part of the effort to contain the spread of the disease in what has become the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

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Organizers said in a statement that the Tony Awards “will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date. … The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us.

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“We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so,” the statement added.

The Tony Awards for plays, musicals, directors and performers are regarded as the highest honors in the American theater world.

“The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us,” the statement reads.

A spokesman confirmed that other dates tied to the awards will also be postponed.

Previously, a show would have had to open by April 23 to be eligible for nominations, and the nominations were to have been announced April 28. New dates for eligibility, nominations and the ceremony will be announced once Broadway — which has been dark since March 12, a day after reports emerged that a Broadway usher had tested positive for coronavirus — reopens.

The Awards’ spokesman says that the ceremony has never previously been canceled, though the 20th, in 1966, was held in the afternoon, out of respect for the death that year of American Theatre Wing chairwoman Helen Menken.

The Bay Area has had a strong showing in recent Tony Awards ceremonies. TheatreWorks won the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award, joining past local recipients American Conservatory Theater (1979), the San Francisco Mime Troupe (1987) and Berkeley Repertory Theatre (1997).

Berkeley Rep was also well represented in last year’s awards. It produced the world premiere of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations,” which was nominated for 12 Tonys and won one, for Sergio Trujillo’s choreography. It also produced the West Coast premiere of “What the Constitution Means to Me,” whose Broadway production was nominated for two Tonys.

Finally, “Hadestown,” one of last year’s big winners, with eight Tony Awards, including best musical, was developed in Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor program. “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud” are now scheduled to tour to San Francisco as part of

Multiple cultural events involving large gatherings have been canceled or postponed in recent weeks, including France’s Cannes film festival, the Glastonbury and Coachella music festivals in Britain and California, respectively, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The Show Won’t Go On Tony Awards For Broadway Theater Postponed Indefinitely

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