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The Show Must Go On: Make Tony Awards Telecast During Writers’ Strike

New York — New Location? No Script? Don’t you have a rehearsal? I am not sweating.

Welcome to the 2023 Tony Awards. This time, the show has an even bigger impact due to the Hollywood writers’ strike.

Unpredictability is inserted into a normally bright, safe and fun night. The strike led to an unscripted Broadway night at a new venue far from the theater district.

1.5-hour pre-show on Pluto TV from 6:30-8pm ET hosted by Julianne Hough and Skylar Astin, followed by a 3-hour main show hosted by Ariana DeBose on CBS and Paramount+ The event will be broadcast from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 8 p.m. Eastern.

A total of 26 Tony Awards will be awarded on Sunday for a season that saw 40 new releases in its first full post-pandemic season: 15 musicals, 24 plays and one special.

Broadway this season has a number of very serious productions, including the new productions Cost of Living, Kite Runner, Wendell Pierce’s revival of Top Dog/Underdog, and Death of a Salesman. was staged. The revival of “Parade,” starring Ben Platt and depicting the lynching of a Jewish businessman, was also well received.

The season also has fantastical elements such as Life of Pi, a puppet-centric adaptation of the lifeboat book; There was also pure stupidity in ‘I’m There’.

Kenny Leung, who directed “Top Dog/Underdog” and “Ohio Murders” this season, said, “As the country and the world are resetting, how do we get our storytelling and stories out there? I think it’s resetting,” he said. “What I like is the diversity of subject matter, from the black-led ‘Death of a Salesman’ to new releases like ‘KPOP’, ‘Ain’t No Mo’, ‘Leopoldstadt’ and ‘Prima Fasi’. I felt diversity in almost every aspect, both racially and generationally.”

The musical adaptation of the classic transvestite comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot ends the evening with Top 13 Tony Award nominations. For top honors, it will be contested by ‘& Juliet’, a reinterpretation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with some of the biggest pop hits in decades, and ‘New York, New York’, which combines two generations of Broadway royalty. . “Shucked,” a lightweight musical comedy by Jon Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and sprinkled with corn puns.

An important musical darling, the intimate, funny and sad “Kimberly Akimbo,” in which Victoria Clarke played a teen who ages four times faster than the average human, is one of the best. This concludes the musical section.

Best New Play went to Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, which explores Jewish identity in an intergenerational tale, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of James Ijames’ Shakespeare Hamlet, for a black family. It was a competition for “Fat Ham” set in the barbecue of the city. modern south.

The rest of the works in this category are the short-lived but critically acclaimed Ain’t No Mo by playwright and actor Jordan E. Cooper and Stephen Adley Girgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy”. And “Cost of Living” is a parallel story of two caregivers and their respective patients.

Pending answers to some interesting questions: Could Audra McDonald (“Murder in Ohio”) extend her record as the most awarded actor in Tony Awards history? J. Harrison Will either Gee (Some Like It Hot) or Alex Newell (Shacked) become the first non-binary Tony winners? (Last year, “Six” composer and author Toby Marlowe was the first non-binary winner.)

Cast performances from ‘Camelot’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘& Juliet’, ‘Kimberly Akimbo’, ‘New York, New York’, ‘Parade’, ‘Shacked’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ is scheduled. “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

In addition, last year’s Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical, Joaquina Carcango, will sing along with the cast of “Beautiful Noise” and “Funny Girl.” That means plenty of star power, from Josh Groban to Lea Michele.

All ceremonies will be held at the United Palace Theater in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The theater is a new ceremonial venue miles away from Times Square and the theater district.

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