In the latest move toward somewhat normalcy, Broadway is scheduled to reopen soon. And soon, we mean September. This means that the time has come for the Tony Awards to rejuvenate and celebrate all the productions of the 2020-2021 season! However, fans of the theater will see that the beloved awards ceremony is adopting a slightly different approach to its telecast this year.
For the longest time, the Tony Awards have aired entirely on CBS. This is a decades-old tradition. But we all saw the Oscars a few months ago – well, some of us did – and the ceremony proved that 2021 is the year when traditions are at the very least. So this time, the bulk of the Tony Awards will not air on CBS, and will instead go directly to streaming on Paramount +.
Now, before you talk about it, let’s first look at the details.
Mark your calendar
The Tony Awards will take place on September 26 at 7 pm ET. The CBS portion of the ceremony will begin at 9 pm ET, and will include a live presentation of the three final awards. Title Tony Presents Award: Back of Broadway!, This special event will award for Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical. You know, the big ones.
At the same time, Back of Broadway! There will be more than just those three awards. The live event will feature a Broadway personality and an old Tony winner performing the classic theater number. And then, of course, we’ll also get performances from three of the best music nominees: Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge: The Musical, And Tina: Tina Turner Music.
So it is Back of Broadway!, And it will run until 9 pm ET. In addition to airing on CBS, it will also be available on the remainder of the ceremony as well as Paramount +. But why are the powers dividing the ceremony and setting aside only the last three Tony Awards for broadcast? Why are the rest of the ranges being run to stream only on Paramount +? Let’s move on about this.
It has been a difficult season for the entertainment industry. Granted, 2020 was tough for everyone, but some industries were affected more than others. The COVID-19 epidemic forced Broadway to close, just as it forced theaters to close. And while movie theaters and restaurants find ways to partially open up from time to time, Broadway has been out of play since early last year.
One of the unfortunate consequences of Broadway’s forced leave is that the Tony Awards will honor shows that have not been on stage for more than a year. In fact, some of those shows will not return even after Broadway reopens – some productions just could not survive the epidemic. It also includes some prominent nominees: Heritage And Slave game Will not resume performance this fall.
So there is concern that the general audience does not care at this point for the broadcast of the Tony Awards featuring the full slate of nominations. Certainly, there will always be a core audience of dedicated theater fans who will watch the entire ceremony, but it seems that CBS is planning according to the average viewer. Thus, the telecast from 6 pm to 4 pm will be a combination of the biggest hits and the biggest awards.
Attempt to rebuild
While it can be a bit boring – a kind of downgrade – to go directly to Paramount +, the bulk of the Tony Awards, rather than being aired regularly, is also a positive way to see this development. Back of Broadway! Broadway is about to get people excited again. It has been more than a year since those famous theater venues operated. The industry may use some additional cheerleading in its favor.
Pageant-oriented tone Back of Broadway! If CBS goes with the standard Tony Awards broadcast, it is likely to appeal to a wider audience. And if it all works, then the standard Tony Awards broadcast will return next year. But we are still getting out of the big disruptions born in 2020, so everyone is still adopting. Broadway is included.
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