The Tony Awards honoring the 1999-2000 Broadway season will be held on June 4, announced a spokesman. No location has yet been named. Neither has a host been identified. 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. Last year, the Tonys took place in the Gershwin Theatre, after two consecutive years at Radio City Music Hall. 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.
--By Robert Simonson