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2020 Tony Awards ceremony to be held virtually this autumn

Tony Awards

The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony will be held virtually this autumn, it's been announced.

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 was postponed until further notice after the pandemic forced theatres to shutdown.

With theatres in New York to remain closed until at least January, plans have been put in place for a digital ceremony.

“Though unprecedented events cut the 2019–2020 Broadway season short, it was a year full of extraordinary work that deserves to be recognized,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens shared in a joint statement.

They added: “We are thrilled not only to have found a way to properly celebrate our artists’ incredible achievements this season, but also to be able to uplift the entire theatre community and show the world what makes our Broadway family so special at this difficult time. The show must go on, no matter what—and it will.”

A date for the ceremony is to be confirmed.

Eligibility is also to be confirmed.

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

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

Original plays eligible were 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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