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BREAKING: The Tony Awards WILL Be Broadcast. WGA Will Not Picket

BREAKING: The Tony Awards WILL Be Broadcast. WGA Will Not Picket.

Clear the deck and light the lights. The Tony Awards are being broadcast!

Last week we reported that the 2023 Tony Awards, Broadway’s highest honor would not be televised or postponed because of the Writers Guild of America strike. But now The Tony Awards WILL AIR as originally scheduled on June 11th, and WGA has agreed not to picket the broadcast.

The Writers Guild released the following statement:

“The WGA will not be picketing the show. Responsibility for having to make changes to the format of the 2023 Tony Awards rests squarely on the shoulders of Paramount/CBS and their allies. They continue to refuse to negotiate a fair contract for the writers represented by the WGA. As they have stood by us, we stand with our fellow workers on Broadway who are impacted by our strike.”.

It’s not yet been specified what format the show will use, and what alterations will be made.

However, the New York Times newspaper has reported it’s likely that while the event will feature awards presentations and live musical performances, no scripted content will be included.

The Tony Awards are set – at least for now – for Sunday, June 11 at the United Palace in New York City’s Washington Heights. Whether Ariana DeBose will remain attached to a scaled-down, non-televised ceremony is unclear.

The union — representing 11,500 writers of film, television and other entertainment forms — has been on strike since May 2, primarily over royalties from streaming media. Although the guild doesn’t represent Broadway writers, it does represent writers who work on the Tonys telecast.

Back2Stonewall stands with the striking workers of the WGA. #UnionStrong

Broadway's Tony Awards Will Not Be Televised Due To WGA Strike.

Broadway’s Tony Awards Will Not Be Televised Due To WGA Strike.

Canceled? Postponed? No one knows at this point. Where the hell is Patti LuPone when you need her?

The Hollywood Reporter, has broken the news that this years Tony Awards will not be televised on June 11. The committee submitted a WGA waiver for the Tony Awards to air on CBS and stream on Paramount+ on June 11, but it was denied.

“The two alternative courses of action apparently being weighed are: (a) stick with the date of June 11 and hold a non-televised presentation of the awards, perhaps in the form of an intimate dinner or press conference with nominees and media in attendance; or (b) postpone the ceremony until the strike comes to an end and the show can be televised.”

The management committee has set an emergency meeting for Monday morning to determine the best path forward..

Insiders say that representatives of the Broadway League support the first option, as many shows may not be able to survive without the imprimatur of a Tony on their marquees and promotional materials. While The American Theater Wing, however, is more open to a delay, as that organization is seen as the guardian of the Tony Awards brand, which would not be helped by a non-televised presentation.

The last WGA strike lasted for three months in 2007-08. The 2023 strike officially began on May 2, 2023, with main issues revolving around increased pay, better residuals from streaming media, AI “writing” regulation, and staffing minimum requirements

The awards are named after Antoinette “Tony” Perry, an actress, producer, and director who co-founded the American Theatre Wing in 1917. The first Tony Awards ceremony was held in 1947.

The idea for the Tony Awards came from a group of theatre professionals who wanted to create an awards ceremony that would celebrate the best of Broadway theatre. The American Theatre Wing, which was created to support and promote the theatre, took on the task of organizing the awards, along with the League of New York Theatres, which represents theatre owners and producers.

The first Tony Awards ceremony was held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The top award of the night, Best Play, went to Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” while Best Musical went to “Brigadoon.”

Over the years, the Tony Awards have grown in prestige and popularity, and they have become an important event in the entertainment industry. The awards recognize not only performers on Broadway, but also the directors, writers, designers, and producers who work behind the scenes to create the productions that are honored each year.

The Tony Awards is a celebration of the best of Broadway theatre and a tribute to the creativity, talent, and hard work of all those who contribute to the art form.

Ghosts Of Broadways Past – WATCH: A CHORUS LINE – Broadway Original Cast – FULL SHOW (1975) – VIDEO

I have no idea who shot this or why, but the multi-camera use assures that it was a sanctioned video recording for what though is anyone’s guess. 

This is the full Broadway production of A Chorus Line with the original cast.

The production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning nine: Best Musical, Best Musical Book, Best Score (Hamlisch and Kleban), Best Director, and Best Choreography

Its an old VHS B&W video.  Fuzzy and jumpy in a few spots but its a true piece of magical Broadway history and no wireless head mics!



Alphabetical Order) Role Awards
Scott Allen Roy
Renee Baughman Kristine
Kelly Bishop Sheila Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (won)
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (won)
Pamela Blair Val
Wayne Cilento Mike
Chuck Cissel Butch
Clive Clerk Larry
Kay Cole Maggie
Ronald Dennis Richie
Donna Drake Trisha
Brandt Edwards Tom
Patricia Garland Judy
Carolyn Kirsch Lois
Ron Kuhlman Don
Nancy Lane Bebe
Baayork Lee Connie
Priscilla Lopez Diana Obie Award for Best Actress (won)
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (nominated)
Robert LuPone Zach Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (nominated)
Cameron Mason Mark
Donna McKechnie Cassie Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (won)
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (won)
Don Percassi Al
Michael Serrecchia Frank
Michel Stuart Greg
Thomas J. Walsh Bobby
Sammy Williams Paul Obie Award for Best Actor (won)
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (won)
Crissy Wilzak Vicki

B2S’s Broadway Matinee: Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel Perform “Ilona” From “She Loves Me” – Video

Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel Perform Ilona From She Loves Me

Stars of the Tony-nominated Broadway show “She Loves Me,” Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel, perform the song “Ilona” on NBC’s Rockefeller Plaza. The hit musical in its umpteenth revival is up for eight Tony Awards – including one for Jane for Best Actress!


Tony Award Nominations From The Bizarro World – Rickman, Peters, Lansbury All Snubbed!

Welcome to BIZZARO WORLD Broadway! 

Because thats where obviously the 2012 Tony Award nominations took place from this year because only in an alternate universe would they and could they snub Broadway legend Angela Lansbury and her chance to win a record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her role as a Southern political doyenne in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, which Angela received critical acclaim.

Now one must wonder who was so much better than Lansbury to knock the grand dame of the theatre out of the running? Well none other than Condola Rashad (daughter of Cosby mom Phylicia) for the very, very short-lived Stick Fly.

But that’s not all! The snubs kept on coming this morning when the Tony noms were announced and also NOT nominated was the revival of Godspell led by Weeds star Hunter Parrish (and now Corbin Bleu), the Alan Rickman-topped comedy Seminar, and The Mountaintop, last fall’s high-profile drama starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and also alas *gasp* Bernadette Peters (Follies)!

But the biggest surprise snub of this years Tony’s? (Get ready to clutch those pearls boys)

Ricky Martin and Elena Roger in the Broadway revival of Evita.

Nothing, Zip, Nada!

Oh the gay theatrical humanity of it all!

As for who was nominated….

Oh really who am I kidding.  After seeing the list of those who were snubbed does anyone really care who was nominated?

Oh the theatrical travesty of it all.

Bernadette Peters, “Losing My Mind,” Kennedy Center “Follies”