While the annual Tony Awards will not be held until June, the massive interruption of Broadway productions due to the bans on large groups of people because of the Covid-19 virus has resulted in the Broadway Theatre Wing and the Broadway League has postponed the 74th annual awards presentation.
The Tony Awards which honour the best musicals and plays on Broadway was originally scheduled for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall. The awards show will go on but at a date yet to be determined.
The deadline for shows to open and still be eligible for the 2020 Tony Awards was April 23 with the nominees set to be announced on April 28. At the time that Broadway went dark, there 16 shows in previews and eight more awaiting previews prior to official openings.
After a ban on large gatherings was issued by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway has been dark since March 12. It is tentatively scheduled to reopen on April 13; depending on the situation with the spread of the virus.
In previews at the time Broadway went dark, the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “Hangmen” announced earlier this week that they would not continue once Broadway has reopened.
Three other productions “Flying Over Sunset”, “Birthday Candles”, and “Caroline, or Change” have been postponed until the fall.
The Outer Critics Circle Awards, which were also scheduled to be presented later this spring, have also postponed the 70th annual awards gala because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
OCC President David Gordon announced that the annual awards presentation set for May 21 have been put on hold with a new date yet to be determined.
The April 20 announcement of the nominees will also be delayed.
The Outer Critics Circle Awards winners are determined by journalists, foreign and domestic, who cover Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.