Tony Awards Return to Radio City Music Hall June 9

Tony Awards Return to Radio City Music Hall June 9

This year’s Tony Awards will be back at Radio City Music Hall in New York after being held at the Beacon Theatre for the past two years.

The American Theatre Wing’s 67th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. on June 9. The show has been broadcast on the network since 1978.

The cut-off date for eligibility for shows in the 2012-2013 season will be April 25, and Tony nominations for this year’s ceremonies will be announced April 30. The ceremony is presented by the American Theatre Wing as well as the Broadway League.

The production was moved to the Beacon Theatre as Radio City has hosted the Cirque du Soleil rock opera “Zarkana” during time of the ceremony for the past two years. At around 2,870, the Beacon Theatre held half as many people as the 6,000 seat Radio City Music Hall.

Before the two-year hiatus, the Tony ceremony had been held at Radio City from 1997-2010, and before that it typically rotated between Broadway Theaters. But the awards show became a much larger spectacle with the larger stage and audience available at Radio City.

The awards show has been televised every year since 1967, and last year was seen by 6 million viewers, though that is the lowest number since 1988. However, last year’s event – which was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris – was up against the season finale of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men.”

The official announcement of the event promises that, “as in past years, the show-stopping awards ceremony will include musical performances and celebrity presenters.”

The official website of the Tonys also notes that a limited number of public tickets will be available starting April 30. More information on live coverage of the announcement of the Tony nominations will be announced in the near future.

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