Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CNB Contact:
Debora Vrana, City National Bank, 213.673.7631

For the Tony Awards:
Shawn Purdy, Rachael Trager, SLATE PR, 212.235.6813



City National Bank is the Official Bank to the Tony Awards

City National Bank Continues Support, as the Official Bank of the Tony Awards

NEW YORK, NY (April 19, 2018)  – City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, will return as the official bank of the Tony Awards under a new five-year sponsorship agreement. The Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, and hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, will air live on CBS on Sunday, June 10, 2018. 

For more than 60 years, City National Bank has served the financial needs of the entertainment industry. City National opened its New York office in 2002 and began providing banking services to Broadway with “Spamalot.” City National now provides banking services to roughly half of all Broadway shows, including “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child,” “Mean Girls,” and “Angels in America.”

“Sponsoring the Tony Awards is a wonderful honor for City National. We are pleased to support the arts and entertainment industry, especially Broadway, the cultural heart of New York City and an economic engine for this city,” said Samantha Davies, senior vice president and senior marketing manager for City National Bank. “We are so honored to be a part of this community.”

“We are thrilled to have the continued partnership of City National Bank,” said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Their support of the Tony Awards and to our creative community allows us to shine a spotlight on the incredible talents behind the scenes who bring Broadway stages and productions to life each and every night.”

City National became the official bank to the Tony Awards in 2014 and will now continue for the next five years. As part of this new multiyear sponsorship, City National will be the sponsor of the Creative Arts Awards, which honors achievements in behind-the-scenes categories such as lighting and costume design.

The Creative Arts Awards include:

Best Sound Design of a Play/Musical; Best Costume Design of a Play/Musical; Best Scenic Design of a Play/Musical; Best Lighting Design of a Play/Musical; Best Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre; Best Orchestrations; and Best Choreography. 

The Tony Nominations will be announced live, by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee, on Tuesday, May 2, 2018, on TonyAwards.com.   For more information on the Tony Awards and the Creative Arts Awards, please visit: www.TonyAwards.com.

About City National

With $48.7 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 72 offices, including 19 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $64.9 billion in client investment assets.

City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 34 other countries.

For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at cnb.com.

About the Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Thomas Schumacher is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is President. At the American Theatre Wing, David Henry Hwang is Chair and Heather A. Hitchens is President & CEO. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2018 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2018 Tony Awards.

Sponsors for the 2018 Tony Awards include: IBM - develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards digital experience anchored by TonyAwards.com; Carnegie Mellon University – the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner; Grant Thornton LLP – official accounting services partner; City National Bank – official bank of the Tony Awards and presenting sponsor of the Creative Arts Awards; Nordstrom - official sponsor of the Red Carpet; Sofitel New York – the official hotel of the Tony Awards; Rainbow Room - official partner of the Tony Nominee Luncheon; United Airlines – the official airline of the Tony Awards for the last 18 years and People/Entertainment Weekly – official magazine partners of the Tony Awards.

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