The Tony Awards are moving on up to a brand new venue
New York, New York - The Tony Awards will return to celebrate the biggest and brightest of Broadway theater in a brand-new locale!
This year, the Tonys are moving on up.
The 76th annual Tony Awards will take place in New York City on Sunday, June 11, 2023.
But this time around, the ceremony will depart from Radio City Music Hall, where it's been held most often, and head uptown to the United Palace in Washington Heights.
The United Palace is technically on Broadway, but far above the theater district: between West 175th and West 176th Streets. The historic venue is 92-years-old and the fourth-largest theater in Manhattan, spanning an entire city block. It regularly hosts concerts, spiritual gatherings, and movie premiers - like last year's film version of the musical In The Heights, whose story is fittingly set in the surrounding uptown neighborhood.
"We are excited to bring the Tony Awards to the historic United Palace for the first time," said Heather Hitchen and Charlotte St. Martin, respective presidents of presenting organizations the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, in a press release on Tuesday.
"As we celebrate the best of this Broadway season and 76 years of the Tony Awards, we look forward to ushering in a new golden age for the show from this majestic, golden age theatre."
For theater fans that won't be at the festivities in person, the Tony Awards will once again be broadcast live on CBS and stream on Paramount+.
Where will the Tony Awards be in 2023?
The Tony Awards will feature the top voted theater performances, works, and design of the 2022-2023 Broadway season, as determined by a block of Tony voters comprised of industry professionals.
2023's nominations are set to be announced on May 2.
The night's most coveted trophies include the awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Performance by a Lead Actor and Actress in both plays and musicals. All shows opening on Broadway before April 27, 2023, are up for consideration.
The Tonys were back in full force in June for their 75th anniversary, with host Ariana DeBose at the helm. Theater box offices in New York have struggled to recover from its 15-month pandemic shutdown in 2020 and subsequent Covid closings, which extended through last year's holiday season.
Although this year's Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Strange Loop, has already announced its upcoming closing date, an exciting Broadway newcomer like Kimberley Akimbo or &Juliet will likely be its successor.
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