Thursday, May 07, 2020

Tony Awards May Not Return Until 2021

Thirty-one days from now, six thousand theatre fans were set to gather together at the historic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway, with millions around the world watching from the comfort of their own home. The occasion? The 2020 Tony Awards. Since March 12, theatre in New York City has been non-existent. When it will return is anyone's guess. Some say it will be back before Labor Day weekend. Others are a little more realistic, and are hoping that it returns before the holidays.

Then there's people like London and Broadway producer Cameron Mackintosh who think it won't return until next year. All I know is that when it returns, it will look and feel a lot different. Not that that's a bad thing. Just different. According to an article in yesterday's New York Post, theatre insiders predict that this years Tony Awards, which was scheduled for June 7, and then postponed, will be cancelled all together.If that happens, then it's possible that shows from the 2019-2010 season, will be combined with all the shows during the 2020-2021 season.

Now if I was in charge, I would think with double the shows, that they would increase the number of nominee's in every category. But what do I know? All I know, is that on June 7, I will be home, thinking about what might have been. Here's an idea. Why doesn't somebody do a live stream of Tony Awards performances from the past fifty years, with proceeds going to a worthy organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids/Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, or Artists Striving To End Poverty.  Stay safe everyone, and don't forget to look out for each other. Until next time theatre fans.

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