Broadway will have to wait an additional week to find out the 2016 Tony Awards winners. CBS just announced that the live broadcast will take place June 12, not June 5 as it had earlier scheduled. The event will be held at New York’s Beacon Theater at 8 PM ET.
Nominations will be announced on May 3 from the Paramount Hotel. The announcement was previously set for April 29.
This will be the 70th anniversary for the Tonys, first held at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom.
Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, present the ceremony. White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of will return as executive producers. Weiss will also direct, for the 17th consecutive year.
Eligibility for this year’s edition will be limited to shows opening in one of Broadway’s 40 designated theaters during the 2015-2016 season.
The 2015 Tonys broadcast on June 7, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, drew a tough 0.9/3 rating facing competition from Game 2 of the NBA Finals (6.1/19), falling 25% in the key 18-49 demo from the year before. On New York’s WCBS-TV though the numbers were up 44% — the best the Tonys have done in its hometown in three years. Despite perennial rumors to the contrary, CBS chief and occasional actor Les Moonves has frequently stated his commitment to keeping the telecast at the network.