Tony Awards Postponed Amid Coronavirus Crisis

By Christine Zosche 

Broadway’s biggest night will have to wait. Amid a total shutdown of Broadway theaters in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the 74th annual Tony Awards, scheduled for June 7, have been postponed until an undecided date. (NYT)

A statement distributed by the Tonys’ publicity firm Slate PR said the awards will be rescheduled in coordination with CBS, which traditionally broadcasts them. (Vox)

On March 12, Broadway went dark after the Broadway League announced that all performances would be suspended through April 12. The closure now appears certain to be extended by at least another month, though no plans have been confirmed at this stage. (THR)

April 23 was supposed to be the cut-off date for shows eligible for Tony contention and nominations were slated to be announced on April 28. However, many plays, such as Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Hangmen, which were expected to be contenders, instead opted to close before officially opening. (Variety)