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Ahhh, it’s almost time for the theatre community’s most celebrated event – the Tony Awards! Also known as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre (yes – the Tonys are named after a woman, thank you very much!), the Tony Awards are hosted by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway Wing.
The theatrical equivalent to the Super Bowl, the Tonys are a great time to get together with your theatre-loving friends and family for a night of celebration. Read on for a few fun ideas to best enjoy this year’s Tony Awards.
What, when, where? The Tony Awards begin at 7 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Sunday, June 12, but the red carpet begins at 4 p.m. CDT. While CBS holds the exclusive rights to air the Tonys on TV, you can also stream the awards on a variety of platforms, from Paramount+ to Hulu+ Live TV, Youtube TV, and Sling TV.
Once you’ve found the right people, there are a bevy of ways to make the Tonys fun for everyone.
If you’re currently working on a show or summer programming, invite your cast and crew out for a viewing party. Whether it’s at your house, at your theatre or rehearsal space, or at a local restaurant or bar, this can be a great bonding experience that allows actors and crew members to mingle and enjoy the festivities.
What better way to unite your theatre community than by coming together for a spirited Tonys watch? Start a Facebook event, send out an eblast, make some calls and get your people together. While there, remember that this could be a great time to make new contacts within your industry and forge community partnerships.
Bring together theatre enthusiasts from around the globe – or just around town – for a virtual streaming event. Hop on Zoom and do a group watch, all from the comfort of home.
If some of your crew wants to get together, but others either don’t feel comfortable meeting in person, or physically can’t be there, you can easily host a hybrid event. Combining face-to-face fun with streaming will create a dynamic environment where everyone feels included.
Want to make your viewing party a little interesting? Have your guests fill out forms to predict the winners in a variety of Tony categories. At the end of the night, the person with the highest number of accurate guesses will snag a prize. Said prize is up to you – maybe this is a bonus line in your current production, an extra break at rehearsals, a leg-up on your ticket selling contest, a small gift or just good, old-fashioned bragging rights.
If you want to go all out, encourage your guests to get dressed up to celebrate the occasion. From sweeping gowns to suits and ties, this can be a great way to make your friends, actors and crew members feel fancy – and like they’re a part of the Tonys action.
There’s nothing quite as fun as enjoying the fashion on the red carpet. Have guests come early to enjoy the dazzling fashion choices of your favorite A-list theatre stars. You can even have people vote on their favorite looks! (Remember – keep it positive!)
On The Stage’s founder, Hunter Arnold, and TBD Productions co-produced several stellar productions that are included in this Tony Awards season – ‘A Strange Loop,’ ‘Company,’ ‘Colored Girls,’ ‘Caroline, or Change’ and “Mr. Saturday Night.” We’re sending a special well wish to them!
Now that you’re full of great ideas, get to planning your Tonys party! On The Stage will be celebrating with you in spirit.