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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at Radio City, NY

By David Lefkowitz
Published September 21 2007

In days of yore, the League of American Theaters and American Theater Wing would wait until shortly after the new year to announce the date of the annual Tony Awards. But this week they broke with tradition and announced that the 62nd Annual Tony Awards will take place Sunday, June 15, 2008, once again at Radio City Music Hall.

As it has since 1978, CBS-TV will air the live ceremony, with the full three hours being broadcast (8-11pm, ET).

Although television ratings have been in decline for the awards show, the 2006 Tonys won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Program Creative Arts Primetime, and Glenn Weiss has been brought back to direct for the ninth consecutive season. What is new for the 2007-08 Tonys are two new categories: Best Sound Design for Play and Musical.

Tony Award Productions, which is composed of the League of American Theaters and Producers and the American Theater Wing, also announced that the cut-off date for shows to open in order to be considered for Tony nominations will be May 7, 2008.

Among the plays expected to vie for Tony honors will be Tom Stoppards' Rock 'N' Roll, Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, Tracy Lett's August: Osage County, Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, and David Mamet's comedy, November. New musicals on the horizon include Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, A Catered Affair and In the Heights as well as the already-opened, sleeper hit, Xanadu. On the revivals front, Sunday in the Park with George and South Pacific seem to be the short list for top contenders. But then again, it's not even New Year's yet.


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