Tony Awards Under Fire for Skipping 'In Memoriam' Segment in Broadcast
As BroadwayWorld previously reporeted, this year's Tony Awards broadcast unfortunately did not include the 'In Memoriam' segment, though the video was shown to guests at Radio City Music Hall. Now according to the New York Times, the Tonys are under fire for leaving out the video. Tonys representative Shawn Purdy told NYT: "Presenting in this manner allowed us to include more individuals than we have been able to include most years, and as a result, more accurately reflected the depth of loss suffered by our community this past year."
Broadway producer Elizabeth I. McCann added: "The montage should absolutely be included in the telecast, because it means a lot to people in the audience and theater lovers watching from home. It looks like somewhere along the way theater people have lost control of the Tonys, and CBS is pushing them around. So we end up with a star like Jennifer Hudson singing a song from 'Finding Neverland' even though she isn't in the musical - and the musical isn't even on Broadway."
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Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman returned Sunday night to host THE 68TH ANNUAL TONY® AWARDS, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on the CBS Television Network. The event marked Jackman's fourth time hosting the Tonys. For a complete list of the night's winners, click here!