74th Tony Awards Will Go Virtual With CBS and CBS All Access Broadcast

How will a drastically changed eligibility period be used and managed for the 74th Tony Awards virtual event system?

74th tony Awards go virtual in 2020
The new date for the 2020 Tony Awards is not yet been set. PHOTO via @Getty Images

This year’s 74th Tony Awards virtual event set to air on CBS and CBS All Access. But how will the ceremony be?

  • Placing a virtual version of an iconic annual live show like the Tony Awards is no small task.
  • Because, to vote in the 2020 Tony Awards, you have to prove that they saw every production.
  • The new date for the 2020 Tony Awards is not yet been set.

After this pandemic that shut the Broadway doors, there were questions about what the Tony Awards were going to do this year. By its very nature, this is a direct phenomenon.

While an event like the Oscars loses very little by virtual going, an award for live drama does not see the main feature of the show media.

How will the 74th Tony Awards virtual event system be handled and managed with a drastically changed eligibility period?

How will the 2020 Tony Awards ceremony be?

Placing a virtual version of an iconic annual live show like the Tony Awards is no small task. Fortunately, the producers of the show will bring some recent experiences to the show.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss are in charge of the festival each year. Although they have not yet been announced as producers this year, it can be assumed that they will be merged.

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Good choice because they had a great opportunity to show off their virtual-event chops when they attended the 2020 Democratic National Conference. The DNC fluid, polished and powerful, was great for virtual tonics.

Interestingly, the makers of the Republican National Convention are also first-rate talents. They produced “Apprentices”. Those production differences speak to our current political landscape.

Usually, the direct actions that make up the tonic are also in the air. Casts can tap into a performance in their empty theatre. However, for one or two reasons they did not choose that option.

First, the casts have not performed or rehearsed since March. It takes a lot of rehearsal to shooting tonic oil. Second, it would not be worth the cost to the producers. Usually, Tonys offers producers the only opportunity for widespread television advertising.

Often, a product will score a mash-up number and dance, showing some of the songs and scenes from the show. It is expensive and time-consuming.

But there is no end to the Broadway shut down at this point, asking the question: why would they bother to advertise closed theatres?

Are eligibility and types affected?

The fact that theatres have been closed for several months will undoubtedly affect those who are nominated. Only shows that opened before February 19th will be running.

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Unfortunately, this means that the original production of “Girl From the North Country”  and “West Side Story” is not in the race.

However, there are still interesting contenders like “Jagged Little Pill,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Slave Play” and “The Inheritance”.

Special awards and courses will have to wait for next year. David Byrne’s “American Utopianism” has a chance of winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, but it could happen in 2020.

Overall, the categories will remain the same, but there will be very few competitors in each. That means with next year’s spillover from the 2020 shows, next year’s competition will be even tougher.

What about voting in 2020 Tony Awards?

The voting pool will be very small as the season is very disconnected. Because, to vote in the 2020 Tony Awards, you have to prove that they saw every production.

That’s why there is no “West Side Story”. Although it opened before the Broadway shut down on March 12, many did not get a chance to see it.

Usually, Tony Awards allows at least 800 people to submit testimonials of viewership through a portal. It will be difficult to achieve that number in the compressed season.

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And the exclusive voter pool will have a statistically significant impact on the voting process. Each ballot will carry more weight.

Which play has the most of the Tony Awards?

The American Theater Wing and the Broadway League present the awards. Nominations are only eligible for productions held in designated theatres of Broadway. 

The Producers” is the record holder for most of the Tony Awards in 2001. Of 15 nominations, was awarded 12 awards.

When and where does this happen?

The awards show was scheduled for June 7, but it backtracked for paying homage to the George Floyd demonstrations . The new date for the 2020 Tony Awards is not yet been set. However, this fall is expected to be infrequent.

The 74th Tony Awards virtual event will air on CBS and CBS All Access. The network has officially announced a special in the spring, or whenever theatres reopen, will provide their required promotional time for the products.

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