The 76th Annual Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, and hosted by Ariana DeBose, was scheduled to air live from NYC’s United Palace Theatre on Sunday, June 11, 2023. The celebration would have begun at 7-8:00 pm, with exclusive content streaming only on Paramount+, followed by the presentation of the awards from 8-11:00 pm, live on the CBS television network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.
But as a result of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, which began on May 2, after contract negotiations broke down, a request for a waiver that would have allowed the Tonys to be televised on that date as planned was submitted to the WGA. The petition was denied on May 12, so the Tony Awards Management Committee, comprised of members from The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing, held an emergency meeting today (Monday, May 15) to decide how to proceed. As of now, there is no official word about a contingency plan having been set.
Among the options that are being considered are for the Tony Awards to go ahead with the date of June 11, without televising the ceremony, or to postpone the awards presentation until after a WGA settlement has been reached (which could take months). Pending the result of the Committee’s appeal to the WGA to reverse its decision, allowing the Tonys to be broadcast on the originally scheduled date, the format and scheduling of this year’s awards are still uncertain.
As news becomes available, we will continue to update the story.