When the Tony Awards first moved from a Broadway theater to Radio City Music Hall in 1997, the main reason was size — Radio City could accommodate nearly 6,000 people, many more than even the largest Broadway house. Once the giant music hall booked Cirque du Soleil from June through September of next year, though, the Tonys were forced to hunt for new real estate for the 65th annual awards ceremony.
On Wednesday, the American Theater Wing, which presents the Tony Awards with the Broadway League, announced that the ceremony will be housed at the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side. Though it’s far from the theater district, it is actually on Broadway. (Radio City is on Sixth Avenue.) However, the art deco Beacon has roughly 2,900 seats, less than half as many as the bigger hall.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Tony Awards are headed back to ... Broadway
The New York Times: