Justin Guarini and Kerry Butler to Host Times Square Tony Awards Simulcast
Clear Channel Spectacolor, a brand division of Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE: CCO), in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and the City of New York, announced today the sixth annual simulcast of the Tony Awards on June 8th in Times Square. Clear Channel Spectacolor is Co-Producer of the 2014 simulcast and an official media partner of the 68th Annual Tony Awards. The event will be co-hosted by past Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler and singer Justin Guarini.
"Clear Channel Spectacolor has been a producing partner of the popular Tony's Simulcast since its conception," said Harry Coghlan, President, Clear Channel Outdoor New York. "The Broadway community is the heartbeat of Times Square, and we are proud to offer this uniquely New York outdoor viewing experience to resident and visiting Broadway fans in celebration the best of the best along 'The Great White Way'."
The Times Square simulcast event will commence at 7:00pm and will air portions of the Tony Awards Red Carpet courtesy of NY1. The entirety of the Tony Awards show, including the Creative Arts Awards which can only otherwise be seen live inside Radio City Music Hall, will also be broadcast at the event. The outdoor celebration of Broadway will also feature special guest appearances.
NY1's extended red carpet coverage, On STAGE's Live Red Carpet to the Tony's kicks-off the star-studded evening with hosts Donna Karger, Patrick Pacheco, Frank DiLella, and Stephanie Simon, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., available to TWC NEWS, NY1. From 7:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Stephanie Simon keeps the energy high in Times Square with guests from The Great White Way and feature stories in advance of the Tony Awards' viewing party.
The 68th Annual Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Theatre lovers will have a front seat to all the action as the NY1 lead-in programs and CBS' telecast of the Tony Awards will presented in Times Square. The simulcast will take place rain or shine, with full audio and seating for 1,000 guests starting at 7:00 pm on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The event is free and open to the public.
"We are thrilled to once again be hosting the Tony Awards Simulcast in Times Square. The event has become a New York tradition and a destination for theatre fans to celebrate the Tony Awards along with their favorite Broadway stars," said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. "There is truly nothing like the experience of celebrating Broadway's biggest night in the heart of Times Square."
Co-host, Kerry Butler was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical in 2008 for her role inXanadu. Currently, Butler is starring in Under My Skin at The Little Shubert Theater. Co-host Justin Guarini was first runner-up on the debut season of American Idol and is now starring in Broadway's Wicked as Fiyero.
"Times Square has always been known for two things - the spectacular signs and the Broadway theaters. This event brings the two together to showcase the Broadway's biggest night right here in our Town Square," said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance.
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