For the sixth year, the Tony Awards® will be simulcast live in Times Square…and you’re invited! Past Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler and singer Justin Guarini (Wicked) will host the outdoor celebration of Broadway, which is free and open to the public, right in the heart of New York City's Theatre District.
The simulcast, which was announced by Clear Channel Spectacolor, will be presented in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and the City of New York. Clear Channel Spectacolor is co-producer of the 2014 Simulcast and an official media partner of the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Tony Awards.
A Front-Row Seat to All the Action
Theatre lovers will have a front-row seat to all the action on Tony night. The simulcast will take place rain or shine, with full audio and seating for 1,000 guests starting at 7:00 pm. This year we will be at the downtown (southern) end of Times Square, on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The event is free and all are welcome.
The Times Square simulcast will include the NY1 lead-in programs and the CBS telecast of the Tony Awards. The event begins at 7:00 pm and will air portions of the Tony Awards Red Carpet courtesy of NY1. The entirety of the Tony Awards show, including the Creative Arts Awards which can only otherwise be seen live inside Radio City Music Hall, will also be broadcast at the event (TonyAwards.com will post on-demand clips of the Creative Arts Awards on Tony night). The outdoor celebration of Broadway will also feature special guest appearances from Broadway favorites.
Hosts and Special Appearances
Co-host Kerry Butler was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical in 2008 for her role in Xanadu. Butler is currently starring in Under My Skin Off Broadway at The Little Shubert Theatre. Co-host Justin Guarini was first runner-up on the debut season of American Idol and is now starring in Broadway’s Wicked as Fiyero.
“Clear Channel Spectacolor has been a proud producing partner of the popular Tony’s Simulcast since its conception,” said Harry Coghlan, President, Clear Channel Outdoor New York in a statement. “The Broadway community is the heartbeat of Times Square, and we are thrilled to offer this uniquely New York outdoor viewing experience to resident and visiting Broadway fans in celebration the best of the best along ‘The Great White Way’.”
“We are thrilled to once again be hosting the Tony Awards Simulcast in Times Square. The event has become a New York tradition and a destination for theatre fans to celebrate the Tony Awards along with their favorite Broadway stars,” added Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. ”There is truly nothing like the experience of celebrating Broadway’s biggest night in the heart of Times Square.”
All Over Times Square
“Times Square has always been known for two things – the spectacular signs and the Broadway theaters. This event brings the two together to showcase the Broadway’s biggest night right here in our Town Square,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance.
NY1’s extended red carpet coverage, On STAGE’s Live Red Carpet to the Tony’s kicks-off the star-studded evening with hosts Donna Karger, Patrick Pacheco, Frank DiLella, and Stephanie Simon, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., available to TWC NEWS, NY1. 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.
The 68th Annual Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.Revised February 18, 2016