Updated: The Tonys’ producers will file an appeal to deny the WGA’s waiver. The decision was made on Monday during a Tonys management committee meeting. says a source diverseEveryone is still trying to see if there is a workable solution.
Updated: This year’s Tonys will not be televised on June 11 after the Writers Guild of America denied a strike relief request from the show’s producers.
The Tonys’ management committee will meet on Monday to decide on the next steps.
A source confirmed earlier today that the waiver request was submitted to the WGA earlier this week.
Ariana DeBose is set to return as host but it is believed she will cancel if the strike continues.
The Tonys were to take place at the United Palace in Washington Heights, New York. The ceremony was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast live on CBS, as well as on streaming service Paramount+.
Tony’s representative has not commented for this story.
Although viewership of the Tonys has dropped dramatically in recent years, the broadcast is still considered a huge fan of Broadway with nominations and wins helping to increase ticket sales and interest in touring companies. The industry is still trying to make a comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the live theater business.
“I was honored to be a host last year, and even more so to be asked again! We look forward to celebrating this amazing season and the people who do this work,” DeBose said when her return as host was announced on April 12.
The 2023 nominations were announced on May 2 with “Some Like It Hot” garnering the most nominations with 13, including Best Musical.
“Shucked” and “& Juliet” received nine nominations, followed by “Kimberly Akimbo” with eight. Jessica Chastain’s “A Doll’s House” garnered eight nominations, as did Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” and the political satire “Not No Mo.”
The race for best musical revival includes “Parade,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” and “Camelot.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.