Broadcaster Magazine

CTV Acquires Rights to 70th. Annual Tony Awards

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    CTV  confirmed today it has acquired the exclusive Canadian rights to The 70TH Annual Tony Awards, airing Sunday, June 12 at  on CTV and on the CTV GO app and being broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York.  Celebrating achievement in Broadway production, The Tonys  meets its match this year as breakthrough late night host and Tony Award-winner James Corden takes the stage as host of the Awards, bringing more of his signature British charm and Late Late Show laughs to The Big Apple.

    “The inherent energy of The Tonys, coupled with the winning talents of James Corden, is a powerhouse combination and one that is perfectly aligned with CTV’s dynamic summer of entertainment offerings,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. “There’s something magical about Broadway that captivates an audience. We’re excited to be able to bring that New York magic right to Canadian viewers to experience.”

    In his first engagement as host of the event, Corden controls the bright lights of Broadway for the night. He’ll guide viewers through the performances, (with perhaps a peek at some of his very own signature song and dance), and the handing out of the coveted hardware.

    It’s a history-making year for  Hamilton, whose 16 nominations become the most in Broadway history. Pulitzer prize-winning creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the founding fathers of the United States looks to grab the night’s most coveted Tony – Best Musical – against fellow nominees Bright Star, School of Rock – The Musical, Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, and Waitress.

    In more critically competitive categories, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, and Spring Awakening face off for Best Revival of a Musical, while Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans, and King Charles III make a run at Best Play. In the Best Revival of a Play category, Blackbird, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Noises Off, along with reinterpretations of both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and A View from the Bridge, also received nominations.

    With The 70TH Annual Tony Awards acquisition, it’s curtains up for ETALK as the  entertainment news team gets set to deliver exclusive coverage of the night and all the red carpet anticipation on Monday, June 13  on CTV and CTV GO.

    The Fremantle Corporation is the worldwide distributor of The 70TH Annual Tony Awards, outside of the U.S.A. Market.