The 2011 edition of the Tony Awards will take place at the Beacon Theatre. The awards which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway will held on Sunday, June 12, 2011. The event will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network.
The Beacon Theatre, located at 74th Street in New York City, is a new home for the Tony Awards. It was originally built as a forum for vaudeville acts, musical productions, drama, opera and movies when it opened in 1929. The Beacon has seating for 2,894. Recently restored, it has been a popular location for numerous concerts, television specials, lectures and special events in recent years.
"We're excited to bring the Tony Awards to the Beacon Theatre. We very much look forward to taking this amazing evening honoring the very best in theatre, and presenting it to America and the world, from a new venue - completely invigorated with a fresh feel, new set and a clean palette to create from," said Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment, executive producers for the telecast, in a statement.
"What do the Rolling Stones, Elton John and the Dalai Lama all have in common? They all played The Beacon," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. "We're proud to now be adding the Tony Awards on CBS to that iconic list and bring one of the great annual events of theatre and TV to one of the truly great historical landmarks of NYC."
Since 1997 (except for one year), the Tonys have been presented at Radio City Music Hall which is located on 50th Street and 6th Avenue, one block off of Broadway and close to many of the Broadway show theatres. There is a lot more seating at Radio City than the new location. Streets around Radio City are closed down to allow people to walk freely without worrying about traffic. It will be interesting to see how this is all handled in the new location.