The long-delayed Tony Awards have been given a fall air date and a four-hour streaming canvas to have a good time the-shortened Broadway season that upended the theater world.
Producers of the telecast introduced Wednesday that the Tonys might be held Sept. 26 and can air on CBS in addition to Paramount+. As if making up for misplaced time, the same old three-hour occasion has added a fourth hour.
This yr, the award present will begin at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on Paramount+ solely, then two hours later proceed on CBS with a stay live performance occasion “that includes celebrity Broadway entertainers and Tony Award winners re-uniting on stage to carry out beloved classics and have a good time the enjoyment and magic of stay theater.” Capping the night would be the awarding of the three prime awards: greatest play, greatest play revival and greatest musical.
“There’s nothing that compares to the magic of stay theater — and we’re thrilled to have the ability to share its celebratory return and the unimaginable expertise and artistry of the abbreviated 2019-2020 season with theater followers in all places,” mentioned an announcement from mentioned Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president and CEO of the American Theatre Wing.
There was no phrase on whether or not there can be a bunch.
The information was met with pleasure from theater followers however with grumbles that the majority of the awards — the performing, directing and technical ones — would solely be accessible to Paramount+ clients. The plan is just like that employed by the Grammys — the majority of these awards are streamed in a pre-show occasion — though that’s accessible totally free.
Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, 2020, knocking out all reveals — together with 16 that had been nonetheless scheduled to open within the spring. Broadway reveals have been given the green-light to restart and the primary might be Hadestown on Sept. 2.
Organizers are searching for a Broadway theater to be the bottom for the in-person occasion. However presumably, the Sept. 26 date for the Tonys implies that the nominated reveals might be able to carry out on the telecast from their respective residence theaters to chop down on overcrowding.
This season’s nominations had been pulled from simply 18 eligible performs and musicals, a fraction of the 34 reveals the season earlier than. Throughout most years, there are 26 aggressive classes; this yr there are 25 with a number of depleted ones.
The sobering musical “Jagged Little Tablet,” which plumbs Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album to inform a narrative of an American household spiraling uncontrolled, has essentially the most nominations with 15.
There are three greatest musical nominees: “Jagged Little Tablet,” “Moulin Rouge: The Musical” and “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.” And there are 5 greatest play nominees: Grand Horizons, The Inheritance, Sea Wall/A Life, Slave Play and The Sound Inside.
Nipping on the heels of “Jagged Little Tablet” for general numbers of nominations is “Moulin Rouge!,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 film concerning the goings-on in a turn-of-the-century Parisian nightclub, that received 14 nods.
Two very totally different choices are tied with 12: “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical,” which tells the rock icon’s life with songs that embody “Let’s Keep Collectively” and “Proud Mary,” and “Slave Play,” Jeremy O. Harris’ ground-breaking, bracing work that mixes race, intercourse, taboo wishes and sophistication. The dozen nods make “Slave Play” essentially the most nominated play in Tony historical past.