Some things are certain: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Succession” are ending (May 25th and May 28th) and the 76th annual Tony Awards is being broadcast (June 11th) What the regular TV viewer doesn’t know for certain is what will actually happen on any of these shows.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced in a statement a week ago that, although it will not grant a waiver for the Tony Awards to go ahead despite the WGA strike, it will also not picket the ceremony, because the Tony producers (the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League) “are altering this year’s show to conform with specific requests from the WGA.” As the AP reported, this “gave some hope that some sort of Tony show might go on…What is being altered was not clear, but it may be to allow a non-scripted version of the Tonys to go on.”
So presumably the Tony Awards are still taking place at United Palace on 176th Street, and streamed/broadcast in two parts – from 6:30-8pm et on Pluto TV (which, in a change from last year, will not require registration or a paid subscription) then from 8pm et on CBS & Paramount
But if there has been any further clarification in the week since the announcement that it has not been canceled – will Ariana DeBose still be host? Will there be an opening number? Etc – I haven’t seen it. (There’s nothing new on the news page of the Tony Awards website. except an In Memoriam list of theater community members who have died)
So the countdown continues with more suspense than just the usual: Which nominees will win?.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda has revived #Ham4Ham weekly until the Tony Awards as a way of showcasing Broadway shows that opened this season.At the May 19 performance (see video below), Miranda announced that there will be performances Fridays at 4 p.m. in front of the Richard Rodgers Theater (home of “Hamilton) on May 26, June 2, and June 9 to celebrate the nominees for Best Musical and Best Revival,
Miranda is never out of the news. This week, he also offers for Times readers ” a non-tourist’s take” on his favorite places in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Summertime reading room series at Bryant Park: Books on Broadway presents Life of Pi with Mahira Kakkar and Salma Qarnain Tuesday 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m, on May 23. Future events in the series will occur June 20, July 18, and August 15
Cynthia Erivo will reportedly star in a film adaptation of ‘Prima Facie,” the one-woman show about a rape trial currently on Broadway. (The play’s acclaimed star Jodie Comer is a screen actress making her stage debut)
James de Jongh, 80, scholar and playwright who dramatized oral histories by the formerly enslaved
Broadway theaters will dim their lights for one minute on June 1 at exactly 6:45pm, to honor Todd Haimes, a force in New York theater for decades as head of Roundabout Theater Company, who died on April 19, 2023 at the age of 66.
The Week’s Theater Video
Ham4Ham with A Doll’s House, Kimberly Akimbo, and Camelot