The Tony Awards 2011 take to Times Square
Theater fans, who find themselves in New York Sunday (June 12) night, should stop by Times Square to see more of the Tony Awards than possible on broadcast TV.
"The 65th Annual Tony Awards" will be simulcast live including actors arriving on the red carpet, beginning at 6 p.m. Seating is available, and full audio is set up. Like the shows they celebrate, this will go on no matter the weather.
With Neil Patrick Harris hosting and appearances by Daniel Radcliffe, Chris Rock and David Hyde Pierce, who have been on Broadway this season, the show is that rarest of awards shows -- it runs on time.
For the last 13 years, the show, Broadway's biggest night, has been at Radio City Music Hall, which holds some 6,000 people. This year, with the Music Hall occupied by Cirque du Soleil, the Tonys had to move uptown, to the Beacon Theatre, which has fewer than half the seats.
"The simulcast and events in Times Square have become a fun tradition that we hope all New Yorkers will be a part of when they join us on Sunday evening," says Howard Sherman, executive director of the American Theatre Wing.
For those not in New York, or for those who prefer the comfort of their couch to Times Square, the awards show airs live from 8 to 11 p.m. ET on CBS.
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