Paula Abdul Will Be Tony Presenter; Awards Will Be Simulcast in Times Square
07 Jun 2010
The 64th Annual Tony Awards will be simulcast live to the Clear Channel Spectacolor HD Screen in Times Square on June 13 from 6-11 PM ET.
Fans in Times Square will be treated to NY1's pre-show — hosted by Roma Torre, Donna Karger and guest host Blake Ross (editor of Playbill Magazine) — beginning at 6 PM. The simulcast coverage continues with full coverage of the first 15 Tony Award categories (normally only available at www.tonyawards.com) from 7-8 PM.
The Times Square simulcast will feature special guests throughout the evening, including Michelle Williams, of Destiny's Child and Chicago. The CBS broadcast of the 64th Annual Tony Awards, which begins at 8 PM ET, will cut-to the festivities in Times Square throughout the evening.
The simulcast will take place, rain or shine.
It was also announced June 7 that former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has been added to the starry list of Tony presenters. Sean Hayes, who is nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for his performance in the revival of Promises, Promises, hosts.
The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are "bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement." The Tonys are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.