CBS just signed a new agreement to keep the Tony Awards on the network through 2026. The gala awards ceremony has aired on CBS since 1978.
The network announced the agreement today with the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
In the announcement, Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment, comments: “Each year, we bring the joy and spontaneity of live theater to our viewers in their very own living rooms. We are thrilled to continue bringing the best of Broadway, whether it’s the newest hits, such as ‘Dear Evan Hanson’ and ‘Hamilton,’ or tried and true favorites, like ‘Miss Saigon,’ to primetime television for many years to come.”
A joint comment in the announcement from Charlotte St. Martin, President, The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President, the American Theatre Wing, adds: “CBS has been an amazing and collaborative partner in bringing the live arts we honor, to their viewers. Their continued support has helped make the Tony Awards an acclaimed television event, and has allowed us to bring Broadway to homes all over America.”
The CBS announcement notes: “The Tonys were founded in memorial to Antoinette (‘Tony’) Perry, the American Theatre Wing’s World War II chairperson. The winners are selected by approximately 800 eligible voters. These include voting members of the Broadway League and the board of directors and designated members of the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing, along with members of the governing boards of Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), United Scenic Artists and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. Other eligible voters include members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the board/council of the National Association of Talent Representatives, and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.”
“The 72nd Annual Tony Awards,” to be televised live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall, are set for Sunday, June 10, 2018. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.