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