Tony Awards Move to the Beacon Theatre and Set New Eligibility Cut-Off Date

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The American Theatre Wing's 70th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from New York's Beacon Theatre June 12, 2016, beginning at 8 PM ET on CBS.

The awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, were broadcast from the Beacon in 2011 and 2012.

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

"The Beacon Theatre has been home to two unforgettable Tony Award telecasts, and our team knows exactly how to put on a great show there. We are delighted to bring the Tony Awards back to The Beacon for our 70th Anniversary on June 12th," said Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, in a joint statement.

The official eligibility cut-off date will now be April 28 for all Broadway productions opening in the 2015-16 season. Nominations will be announced May 3 from the Paramount Hotel in New York City.

As previously reported, Radio City Music Hall — home to the Tony Awards for several years — was not available for this year's ceremony. That news came just a day after Radio City announced plans to move its New York Spectacular from spring to summer, with performances scheduled to begin June 15, 2016. The New York Times had reported that the Tonys had considered the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center as well as the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

The Tony Awards were first held April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 17th consecutive year.

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