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.
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?”
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. We can appreciate the grace AND point at the culprits, right?
— Kate Shindle/#PassThePROAct (@AEAPresident) May 16, 2023
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