The Tony Awards honoring the 1999-2000 Broadway season will be held on June 4, and various sources have reported that Rosie O'Donnell will return to host the event. O'Donnell herself told a reporter from TV's "Entertainment Tonight" (Jan. 31) that she would be hosting the 1999 2000 Tony Awards broadcast, but a spokesperson for the event could not confirm the news and had no comment regarding the E.T. interview nor the venue for this year's awards ceremony.
An O'Donnell spokesperson from PMK confirmed (Feb. 1) that the entertainer/actress would be hosting the Tonys and said that in all likelihood, the event would take place at Radio City Music Hall.
Last year, the Tonys took place in the Gershwin Theatre, after two consecutive years at Radio City. Radio City was being refurbished during 1999, making presentation of the awards in the hall impossible.
The years in Radio City coincided with Rosie O'Donnell's hosting of the event, as well as some of the highest television ratings the show had seen in years. O'Donnell bowed out in 1999, and, after a long search, the Tonys opted for multiple hosts for the ceremony. The ratings took a tumble with the change in venue and host.
The cut-off date for eligibility for the awards is May 3. A press conference announcing the nominees will be staged early on May 8, a Monday. --By David Lefkowitz
and Robert Simonson