On June 7th 2015 the 69th Tony Awards will be held in Radio City Music Hall NYC, the most prestigious awards for theater in America, equal to the Academy Awards in film. But the Tony Awards are so much more than that in every way.
Theater and film are unalike in that once a film is made it then stands or falls on its world wide sales or lack thereof though for them too an Academy Award certainly affects how well that goes. A Broadway musical or play has to entice people to Broadway night after night, a more onerous trip than one to the local cinema. So the Tony awards for outstanding Broadway performances, writing, production and Direction are the prime opportunity to entice those people sitting at home watching to make the trek to Brodway and see in person the huge production number they have just seen at the awards.
And CBC who hosts the TV show of the awards is just a tad interested in its advertising revenue. So the Tony Awards, like all award shows is a carefully crafted honoring of all the Broadway stars, a brilliant marketing exercise to get people to book tickets to shows and for CBC to get big, big ratings and thus happy advertisers. So look forward to a humungous spectacle on the night.
Who hosts each year is a big deal and in the first video see Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris, both hosts many times and both Tony Award recipients, show just why they get asked back over and over again not to mention why they win awards. The second video showcases Alan Cuming singing ‘Wellkommen’ from Cabaret at the Tony Awards the year he won the Tony Award for best actor. This year he and the brilliant Kristen Chenowith will host together continuing a long tradtion of asking past Tony Award Winners to fulfill this role.
All this means that each year the Tony Awards are spectacular. Producers of featured current shows spend up to $400,000 making sure their show number fills up the huge stage of Radio City Music Hall in glorious fashion so they entice people to come and see the show in it’s entirety afterwards. Radio City Music Hall itself will be packed with everyone who is part of Broadway showbiz and you at home are hopefully dazzled and inspired to help keep the magic of Broadway alive. Because live theater is magical each night a miracle of artistic creation.