Tony Awards Broadcast Will Take Place As Scheduled, But…

This year's Tony Awards will proceed as scheduled - albeit in an altered form without any scripted segments - after the striking screenwriters union agreed to not picket the event.

This year’s Tony Awards will proceed as scheduled – albeit in an altered form without any scripted segments – after the striking screenwriters union agreed to not picket the event.

From the New York Times:

“As they have stood by us, we stand with our fellow workers on Broadway who are impacted by our strike,” the Writers Guild of America, which represents screenwriters, said in a statement late Monday.

A disruption could have been damaging to Broadway, which sees the televised ceremony as a key marketing opportunity, particularly now, when audiences have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Several nominated shows have been operating at a loss, holding on in the hopes that a Tony win — or even exposure on the broadcast — could boost sales.

The union made it clear that the broadcast, which is scheduled to air on CBS on June 11, would be different from past ceremonies.

According to an unnamed source who spoke with the Times, the altered broadcast will include “the presentation of key awards and live performances of songs from Broadway shows,” but there will be no scripted segments such as an original opening number or patter between award presenters.

Ariana DeBose, the Academy Award winner and Broadway veteran, hosted the event last year and was scheduled to return. No word on what, if any, participation she may have in these revised Tony Awards.