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Streamed Tony Awards Event Postponed Amid Racism and Injustice Protests

Streamed Tony Awards Event Postponed Amid Racism and Injustice Protests

  • The one-hour streamed event that would have taken place on Tony Awards night has been postponed due to the continued unrest.
Online Tony Awards Event Postponed Amid Racism and Injustice Protests

A special streamed Broadway-themed fundraising event that was scheduled to air on Sunday, June 7 has been postponed in the wake of national unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.

The online even would have taken place the same night the annual Tony Awards would have taken place but were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadway on Demand CEO/President Sean Cercone said, “This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history and our priorities at this time are to listen, to engage in meaningful dialogue and to do our best to enact real change in our industry and in our nation.”

“We are collectively saddened and angered by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and disheartened by the ongoing racism and injustices that continue to permeate our society,” said Cercone in a statement. “We at Broadway On Demand do not tolerate hate, racism, injustice or bigotry of any kind. The continued violence against Black Americans is inexcusable. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.”

The one-hour celebration of the award show and of theater by Broadway On Demand alongside the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, which the fundraiser of the night would have supported.

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The Tony Awards have not been rescheduled and have cast a lot of doubt if they will happen at all with Broadway being closed until Labor Day.

Other Broadway-related events have been postponed due to the protests. New York’s Drama Desk Awards announced yesterday that it postponed its streaming event until a date that will be announced in the future. New York’s Public Theater also announced it has postponed its virtual We Are One Public gala.

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