Tony Awards Tommy Tune Controversy and Other Broadcast Choices Raise Questions about Ceremony Are the Tonys about Recognizing Achievement in the Theatre or Advertising Broadway?

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The coveted awards.

The 2015 Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7, are filled with controversy regarding which parts will be seen live and which will be only available via YouTube. At this point, Tommy Tune’s remarks regarding his Lifetime Achievement Award have been relegated to the Tony Awards YouTube channel. Creative awards, including those for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and others are given off air with … (read more)

The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League: Dedicated to Different Goals? An Uneasy Coexistence in Co-Sponsoring the Tonys

The Wing champions American Theatre

 

The Wing champions American Theatre

The Wing champions American Theatre

The American Theatre Wing notes on its website, “In 2017, we will celebrate 100 years of service to the American Theatre. We have been tirelessly committed to championing and honoring American Theatre.” The Wing created and is responsible for the administration of the Tony Awards®. Each year in their effort to foster the American theatre, they present thousands of dollars in awards and grants and offer a wealth of educational programming. They are dedicated … (read more)