The Tony Awards also announced that Olivier winner Elaine Paige, most recently on Broadway in the revival of Follies, will host coverage of the June 7 Tony Awards for a special program to be broadcast June 12 beginning at 8 PM. The BBC Radio 2 broadcast will include performances from the Tony ceremony. The host of the Tony ceremony itself is yet to be announced.
"As a part of our continued efforts to bring the Tony Awards to a greater global audience, we are delighted to embark on a new partnership with BBC Radio 2 that will allow for even more Broadway fans around the world to be able to enjoy the magic and excitement of the Tony Awards," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, said in a joint statement.
Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes for BBC Radio 2, added, "I’m delighted that, for the first time, Radio 2 will be broadcasting highlights from this year’s prestigious Tony Awards, which will be a fantastic addition to the station’s arts and music programming. Who better to host it for us than star of the stage and Radio 2 presenter, Elaine Paige, who will be bringing all the action from the night to fans of Broadway in the UK."
Radio 2 will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes action from the red carpet at the Tony Awards. Paige — who celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End in her weekly Radio 2 show, "EP on Sunday" — will be at the event to capture all the action.
The American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City June 7 beginning at 8 PM ET on the CBS Television Network. Nominations for this year's awards will be revealed April 28.