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2020 Tony Awards ceremony postponed until further notice

Tony Awards

The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, the Tony Awards celebrate the best of Broadway theatre.

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Originally due to be held on June 7, the 74th Tony Awards ceremony has been postponed until further notice.

It comes after all Broadway theatres closed down at the start of March until at least April 13 to stop the spread of coronavirus.

A statement from the Tony organisers read: "The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner. The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans are of the utmost importance to us.

"We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again.

"We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so."

The ongoing Broadway shutdown came mid-way through the Tony season with many musicals and plays yet to open, including hit British musical SIX.

Currently, musicals eligible for the awards are Jagged Little Pill, The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

Original plays eligible are A Christmas Carol, The Great Society, The Height of the Storm, The Inheritance, Linda Vista, Sea Wall/A Life, Slave Play and The Sound Inside while Play Revivals are Betrayal, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and The Rose Tattoo.

Nominations were scheduled to be announced on April 28, 2020.

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