The 75th Annual Tony Awards, honoring the best in Broadway plays and musicals, is now postponed until further notice due to concerns circling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The awards ceremony was to take place June 7, but will now be rescheduled onto a later date to be determined.
On March 12, the industry placed a 32-day shutdown of Broadway, a place considered by many to be the heart of the city. Any upcoming musical productions have been shuttered until April 12. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio enabled new restrictions onto New York that limits crowd gatherings. The notice of the Tony Awards also following suit in cancellation comes not long after Broadway officials and actors alike decided to take the utmost safety precaution to battle the spread of the virus.
Tony Award Productions released the following statement regarding the news:
The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner. The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans are of the utmost importance to us.
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.
Last year, “Hadestown” took the top award for Best Musical, while “The Ferryman” won the award for Best Play. Amid the struggling entertainment industry during the current pandemic, more questions follow as to what other major public events and ceremonies will cut their slate as the country moves forward.