The American Theatre Wing's 67th Annual Tony Awards® will be simulcast live in Times Square on Sunday, June 9th. The outdoor celebration of Broadway is free and open to the public, right in the heart of New York City's Theatre District.
The event, sponsored by Official Beauty Partner of the Tony Awards, Nexxus Salon Hair Care, will be hosted by Broadway actress, comedian and current star of the musical Chicago, Christine Pedi. The Tony Awards, in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and Clear Channel Spectacolor, will air the Tony Awards Red Carpet courtesy of NY1 and the entirety of the Tony Awards show, including the Creative Arts Awards, on two of Clear Channel’s SpectacolorHD© screens in Times Square on Sunday, June 9, from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The fifth annual Tony Awards simulcast will take place rain or shine, with full audio and seating available starting at 4:30 p.m. in Duffy Square (the northern half of Times Square), throughout the evening.
The afternoon will kick off with Nexxus offering one lucky fan and a guest the opportunity to win a show-stopping experience: a red carpet makeover including hair styling by Nexxus Creative Director Kevin Mancuso, tickets to the Tony Awards and Tony Awards Gala, and the opportunity to walk the red carpet with their favorite Broadway stars and Tony Award nominees.
Fans who come to Times Square in formal attire (suit/cocktail dress) between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. that afternoon and have their photo taken in front of the Nexxus step-and-repeat will be entered to win* (see below). The winner will be announced at 5:00 p.m. and all participants** (see below) will receive a sample of new Nexxus Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Elixir.
Throughout the evening, fans in Times Square will have the opportunity to test their Broadway knowledge through the Nexxus Trivia Contest. Winners will receive Nexxus Gift Baskets filled with Nexxus Youth Renewal™ products. Nexxus and the Tony Awards have also partnered to create a limited edition tote, which Broadway fans can receive for free at Duane Reade retailers with a $20 purchase of Nexxus products. The tote includes a Broadway-themed pre-loaded iTunes card and will be available through June 29** (see below).
The evening will feature a number of surprises and performances – including a special performance by the cast of Rock of Ages, Patti Murin and the teen troupe Applause! and a round of Broadway karaoke hosted by Randy Rainbow!
Simulcast host Christine Pedi is Broadway’s “Mama Morton” in Chicago and hosts Sirius XM Radios On Broadway channel playing the music of the stage and screen and interviewing show business legends (Mon-Sat 9a-3p ch 72). In July she returns to the Drama Desk-nominated Off Broadway satirical revue NEWSical The Musical. On Broadway she appeared in Talk Radio with Liev Schreiber and Little Me with Martin Short. Off Broadway she played the title role in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating Mating and Marriage, received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in Forbidden Hollywood and was a longtime member of the legendary Forbidden Broadway company (having performed it all over the country and the London’s West End). Her cabaret show Great Dames has performed throughout the U.S., South Africa and London’s Jermyn Street Theatre and received Show Business Weekly “Best Female Cabaret Performer,” Nitelife & Bistro Awards. A YouTube sensation she has several viral videos that feature her multiple theatre personalities...and she does in fact "tweet" @ChristinePedi.
NY1’s extended red carpet coverage, On STAGE’s Live Red Carpet to the Tonys kicks-off the star-studded evening with hosts Roma Torre, Donna Karger, Patrick Pacheco, Frank DiLella, and Stephanie Simon, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. –available to Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) New York City Region customers in HD on channel 701 (or standard definition on TWC channel 1 and channel 8 on Cablevision). From 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Stephanie Simon keeps the energy high in Times Square with guests from The Great White Way and feature stories in advance of the Tony Awards’ viewing party. Theatre lovers will have a front seat to all the action as the events are telecast on two large screens from 46th Street and Broadway.
The red carpet will be followed by full coverage of the Tony Awards ceremony live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS. The simulcast will include the Creative Arts Awards, which can otherwise be seen live only inside Radio City Music Hall.
In a statement, Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing said, “We are thrilled to be hosting the 5th Annual Tony Awards Simulcast in Times Square. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with performances, surprise appearances, interactive activities and much, much more! There is nothing like celebrating Broadway’s most spectacular night, with Broadway’s biggest fans, right in the heart of Times Square – it’s the next best thing to being at Radio City Music Hall!”
“Year after year, the Tony simulcast in Times Square gives locals and visitors a chance to gather in New York’s Town Square to experience one of the best nights on Broadway,” added Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance.
The 2013 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 9th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
*No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. The Nexxus Tony Award Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. who are in attendance at the Times Square Nexxus Event in New York, NY wearing formal attire, and are 21 years of age or older. Starts 3:00:00 p.m. ET 6/9/13 & ends 4:30:00 p.m. ET 6/9/13. For the official rules, visit www.unileversweepsrules.com/NYCphotosweeps. Sponsored by Conopco Inc., d/b/a Unilever.