After a two-year move uptown to the Beacon Theater, it was announced Monday that the Tony Awards are returning to their traditional home of Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan.
The 67th annual edition of these top theater kudos will take place on Sunday, June 9 and air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Nominations will be revealed on April 30, five days after the last show eligible opens on the rialto.
The Tonys were bounced from Radio City — their home for 13 years — because of a summer-long-term booking by Cirque du Soleil. This Art Deco palace sits smack dab in midtown and seats 5,900. It was Rosie O’Donnell who suggested the awards be staged there when she took over as host in 1997.
Prior to that, one of the larger Broadway theaters had been used to stage the awards, but if it was housing a show, there was little time or space for elaborate production numbers. Instead, the Tony logo was hung from the ceiling and scaled-down versions of songs from the nominated musicals were performed live or, in some cases, taped at the original venue and aired as part of the telecast.
Radio City allowed for a revamping of the kudocast, with the space itself becoming part of the show. Below, watch the opening number from the 2007 Tony Awards when EGOT winner Marvin Hamlisch led the cast of “A Chorus Line” in performing that show’s showstopper “One” both outside and inside the Hall. And be sure to watch through to the end to see the rapturous reception given to another Tony champ.