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Tony Awards 2020 Going Virtual Due to Pandemic

The 2020 Tony Awards are making a big change.

The annual theater awards ceremony announced on Friday (August 21) that this year’s ceremony will be presented digitally this fall amid the ongoing global health crisis.

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“Final eligibility determinations will be made by the Tony Awards Administration Committee in the coming days. Additional information, including a date and platform for the awards ceremony, will be announced soon,” organizers said in a statement.

“Though unprecedented events cut the Broadway season short, it was a year full of extraordinary work that deserves to be recognized. 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,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing.

A Tony Awards celebration was also recently canceled for another reason.

Two Tony Award Celebrations Will Be Live Streamed on Broadway's Biggest Night

The 2020 Tony Awards will not be held on the originally scheduled date this year, but two celebrations will be live streamed to toast Broadway’s biggest night!

On Sunday, June 7, the newly launched streaming platform Broadway on Demand will air a one-hour Tony Awards Celebration at 6pm ET. The show will be a “specially created, never-before-seen event in celebration of the Broadway community, the Tony Awards, and the global impact that Broadway has as a cultural touchstone around the world.” You can watch it on TonyAwards.com or BroadwayOnDemand.com.

Then at 7pm ET, make sure to switch over to Broadway.com and YouTube to check out Show of Shows: Broadway.com Salutes The Tonys.

Both of the specials will benefit The American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League Foundation.

CBS was supposed to air the Tony Awards on June 7 and the network faced a lot of backlash when it was announced that a Grease Sing-a-long special would air in that time slot.

The Tony Awards Will Be Replaced By a 'Grease' Sing-a-long & People Are Not Happy

The 2020 Tony Awards was scheduled to take place on June 7, but the show has been indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic, so CBS has decided to fill that slot with a Grease singalong special.

The network has announced that the broadcast television premiere of Grease Sing-A-Long will air as part of the Sunday Night Movies lineup on June 7.

Fans are not happy that Broadway will not be given a national spotlight during that time slot, especially since the community is hurting so hard right now. It was just announced that Frozen, which has been a hit show on Broadway for two years, has officially closed and will not return when theaters are allowed to reopen. Many more shows are expected to follow.

Many fans have suggested that a virtual live stream event should be broadcast in the Tony Awards’ time slot. Another idea being thrown around is a special that shows highlights of past Tony Awards.

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Tony Awards 2020 Might Be Cancelled Completely

The 2020 Tony Awards were postponed from their scheduled June 7 date to a unannounced later date, however, it’s looking like that may not happen.

Variety is reporting that talks about rescheduling have completely halted at this point.

Part of the issue is with how voting works for the Tonys. It requires voters to get out and see live Broadway shows, which as of right now, is impossible after the 31 Broadway shows shuttered their doors on March 12 and have not yet reopened due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the show could be held live online, however, with Broadway shows still closed, there will be limited future ticket sales for these productions as they remain in limbo.

Some of the popular shows this season included Moulin Rouge!, Jagged Little Pill, Slave Play and The Inheritance.

Options that have been thrown out include combining two Tonys in one in 2021, or, hosting a big celebration at the end of 2020 celebrating Broadway in general.

Tony Awards 2020 Postponed Amid Health Crisis

The 2020 Tony Awards have been postponed due to the ongoing world health crisis.

The ceremony was originally scheduled for a June 7 date at Radio City Music Hall, but due to the cancellation of all of Broadway and the April 23 eligibility cutoff, the awards show was forced to reevaluate. Right now, it’s unclear when Broadway will open back up as the CDC is recommending groups of 50 or more do not meet until at least early May.

The show will be rescheduled at a later date, with the official release adding, “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.”

We did have a hint that the Tonys would be cancelled earlier this month.

Tony Awards 2020 Could Be Postponed Because of Coronavirus

There’s a good chance that the 2020 Tony Awards will be delayed after Broadway was shut down for the next month amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

THR estimates that the Broadway industry is going to lose up to $100 million during this time and many of the shows that were going to open before the end of the season will be rescheduling their opening nights.

The Tonys are currently scheduled for June 7, but it seems unlikely that all of the shows planning to open this season will be able to do so before the April 23 eligibility cutoff.

Vanity Fair reports that Broadway insiders expect the American Theatre Wing to accommodate all of the delayed openings, even if this means pushing back the Tonys. Others say that the voting period might just be shortened.

“I do have complete faith in the leaders at the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing and they would absolutely be fair in extending the eligibility deadline so that all shows that were supposed to open before the original deadline would still be given the same consideration,” a source said. “There’s a long voting period between nominations and awards. In my opinion, worst case scenario is that the voting period is shortened slightly to accommodate later openings.”

Broadway shows are currently scheduled to return on April 12.

Ben Platt Sings 'Tomorrow' During Commercial Break at Tony Awards 2019! (Video)

Ben Platt joins host James Corden for a performance during the commercial break at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

James didn’t have a car to do carpool karaoke, so he instead did commercial break karaoke by having stars sing Broadway tunes while the cameras weren’t rolling.

Lucky for us, audience members took videos on their phones and posted them to social media.

Ben Platt sang the song “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie alongside James. Watch the moment below.

Also, make sure to check out Billy Porter getting a standing ovation after singing a tune from Gypsy.

FYI: Ben is wearing Prada.

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