Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Get Your Tuxes & Gowns Ready For The Antoinette Perry Awards Or As They're Better Known, The Tonys Sunday June 10 2012 Live From NYC's Beacon Theatre

01.17.2012 CBS Press Release


THE 66TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Sunday, June 10, 2012 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The awards show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been a part of the CBS family since 1978. This will be the second year that the show will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre.

Next year marks the 66th anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom. The ceremonies are presented by TONY Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys in 1947.

The Tonys were founded in memorial to Antoinette ("Tony") Perry, the American Theatre Wing's World War II chairperson. The winners are selected by the governing board of Actors Equity, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the United Scenic Artists, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, the Casting Society of America, the New York Drama Critics Circle, the American Theatre Wing and members of the Broadway League.

THE 64th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS received two Primetime Emmy® Awards: Outstanding Special Class Programs and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Also, Weiss will serve as director for the 13th consecutive year.

American Theatre Wing/Beacon Theatre Photo by Lovekin WireImagePress Release American Theatre Wing 1~16~2012

Date Set for 2012 Tony Awards: Sunday, June 10!

By Ben Pesner

It’s the night of nights for Broadway fans everywhere.

The 2012 edition of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The live telecast of “The 66th Annual Tony Awards” will begin at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT (delayed PT).

The awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, will be handed out at the landmark Beacon Theatre in New York City for the second year.

The 2012 ceremony will mark the 35th consecutive year the Tony Awards have been telecast on CBS, a remarkable entertainment industry partnership.
The Shows

The 2011-2012 Tony Awards season began last spring. Shows that open on Broadway in the 2011-2012 season on or before the eligibility cutoff date (April 26 this season) and meet various other requirements will be eligible for nominations in 2012.

The winter/spring season is underway with lots of exciting productions coming – make sure to keep an eye on our list of shows opening this spring to catch up on any last-minute entries.

Also, check out our rundown of the fall season, including the plays, musicals, new shows and revivals.

We’ll be providing lots of updated coverage of 2012 Tony Awards events, including the nominations and awards, all spring.

Until then, see you at the theatre!

Posted January 16, 2012
Revised January 17, 2012

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