After initially choosing to hold the event in a virtual form due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, it turns out that the Tony Awards have been postponed amid the ‘ongoing racism and injustices’ that have been in the forefront of everyone’s minds since the senseless murder of George Floyd. Check out the details!
Earlier today, it was announced by Broadway on Demand CEO/President Sean Cercone that the new streaming platform meant for all lovers of theater to enjoy will no longer broadcast the Tony Awards next week on Sunday when it was originally scheduled to take place.
That being said, it looks like this decision had a lot to do with the Black Lives Matter protests.
‘We are collectively equally saddened and angered by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and also disheartened by the ongoing racism and injustice that continue to permeate society. We at Broadway On Demand don’t tolerate hate, racism, injustice or bigotry of any kind. The continuous violence against Black-Americans is inexcusable. We all stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.’
The statement went on to read: ‘This is a pivotal moment in this nation’s history and so, our priorities at this time are to listen, engage in meaningful dialogue and do our best to enact real change in this industry and in this nation. We truly believe that theater has the power to educate, inspire, to develop empathy, bridge cultural divides and unite under the banner of humanity.’
In other words, the platform wants to stand for what is right and feels like this is not the best time for a celebration like the Tonys.
Instead of the theater awards show, a ‘sing-along’ version of the 1978 film adaptation of Grease will be airing.