Tony Awards Get New Venue, Air Date

The 2016 ceremony is the 70th annual award show for achievement on Broadway

Last Updated: November 24, 2015 @ 8:23 AM

The 2016 Tony Awards have gotten a new venue and air date, CBS announced Tuesday.

The 70th annual award show will be broadcast live from The Beacon Theatre in New York City on June 12. The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978.

The show was first held on Apr. 6, 1947 in the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

The nominations for the 2016 awards will now be announced live from the Paramount Hotel on May 3. 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.

At the 2015 ceremony, musical “Fun Home” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” both took five statuettes, while Helen Mirren took home her first Tony as Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.”

The 2016 Tony Awards will air June 12 at 8 p.m./7c on CBS.

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