The American Theatre Wing, which backs the present, introduced on Wednesday that the 74th version of the annual celebration of one of the best of theater can be pushed again indefinitely. The ceremony was initially scheduled to air dwell on CBS, from Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York Metropolis, on June 7. Nevertheless, Broadway has been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with producers tentatively setting April 12 because the date that theaters will reopen. That will have been optimistic provided that the variety of COVID-19 circumstances continues to develop and New York Metropolis is on the epicenter of the general public well being disaster.
“The well being and security of the Broadway neighborhood, artists and followers is of the utmost significance to us,” the American Theatre Wing mentioned in an announcement. “We are going to announce new dates and extra info as soon as Broadway opens once more. We’re trying ahead to celebrating Broadway and our trade when it’s secure to achieve this.”
Many theater insiders anticipated that the awards present wouldn’t transfer ahead as deliberate. The calendar was not on the present’s facet — April 23 was supposed to be the closing date for reveals eligible for Tony competition and nominations have been slated to be introduced on April 28. Nevertheless, many performs, resembling “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Hangmen,” which have been anticipated to be contenders, as an alternative opted to shut earlier than formally opening. It was too unsure when Broadway can be again in enterprise and lots of the forged members had different commitments. Different spring productions, resembling “Caroline, or Change,” have been pushed again to the autumn.
The Tonys aren’t the one awards present upended by the worldwide pandemic. The Olivier Awards, the U.Okay. theater trade’s highest honor, have been initially supposed to happen on April 5. They’ve been canceled.