Virtual Tony Awards Postponed Amid "Ongoing Racism and Injustices"

Broadway On Demand has announced the 2020 virtual Tony Awards celebration will be postponed. Get the details behind the decision.
By Mike Vulpo Jun 01, 2020 5:14 PMTags
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The 2020 Tony Awards has been put on hold.

On Monday morning, Broadway on Demand CEO/President Sean Cercone announced the newly launched streaming platform for theater devotes will postpone its Tony Awards celebration that was scheduled for this coming Sunday.

"We are collectively saddened and angered by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and disheartened by the ongoing racism and injustices that continue to permeate our society. We at Broadway On Demand do not tolerate hate, racism, injustice or bigotry of any kind," the statement began. "The continued violence against Black Americans is inexcusable. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter." 

Broadway on Demand continued, "This is a pivotal moment in our nation's history and our priorities at this time are to listen, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to do our best to enact real change in our industry and in our nation. We truly believe theater has the power to educate, inspire, develop empathy, bridge cultural divides and ultimately unite under the banner of humanity."

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The Tony Awards celebration event will be rescheduled with more information being available at a later date.

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"Broadway On Demand recognizes that we have the power to influence and change the world through art. Our goal as an organization is to create a platform where underrepresented voices can be amplified and uplifted," the statement concluded. "That is why it is of the utmost importance that the programs we deliver adhere to these beliefs and reflect the world in which we live."  

The 74th annual Tony Awards was originally scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus pandemic caused organizers to adjust the event.

"The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us. We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again," a statement on the Tony Awards website previously stated.

In lieu of the Tony Awards, CBS is expected to air the "sing-a-long" version of the 1978 film adaptation of Grease.

"E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America," the network said in a statement on May 31. "We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter."

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