Tony Awards To Proceed Despite Writer’s Strike Picketers After WGA Agreement

The 76th Annual Tony Awards will take place without crossing a picket line. Despite the ongoing writers’ strike, the Writers Guild of America said on Monday that they would not picket this year’s program, which is scheduled for June 11.

“Tony Awards Productions has communicated with us that they are altering this year’s show to conform to specific requests from the WGA,” the guild noted in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “As a result, the WGA will not picket the show.”

“As they have stood by us, we stand with our fellow workers on Broadway who are impacted by our strike,” the statement continued. The show will proceed as planned, although in an unspecified altered form.

Tony Awards To Proceed Despite Writer's Strike Picketers After WGA Agreement

The Actors’ Equity Association’s president, Kate Shindle, rushed to Twitter to express her gratitude to the WGA for their agreement, “Thank you, @WGAWest and @WGAEast. @ActorsEquity members: time to double down on showing up at their pickets.”

“Oh, and because it can’t be said enough: this is still #AMPTP’s fault, and the writers should never have been put in this position,” she added. “We can appreciate the grace AND point at the culprits, right?”

The Tony Awards have traditionally been an important promotional event for Broadway shows, many of which have struggled since theaters reopened following the pandemic.

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While the show’s producers have not verified or addressed the format changes, The New York Times claims that the show will most likely consist of award presentations and live performances of musical acts, with no scripted content.

The 76th Tony Awards will be held on June 11 at the United Palace in New York City and stream on CBS and Paramount+ at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

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