A live show for Broadway’s top honours -the Tonys- has been cancelled, to avoid disruption by striking writers, and stars refusing to cross a picket line.
Tonys live show cancelled over writers strike
Organisers have cancelled plans for a live Tony awards show, due to fear of disruption by Hollywood’s striking writers.
The decision was made after the Writers Guild of America denied a request for a waiver that would have allowed the show’s producers to stage a live show without writers protesting outside the Tony Awards’ venue in New York City.
Officials feared a live telecast on June 16 would be doomed by the threat of a picket line, which other members of Broadway’s creative community were expected to honour. Without big names, the telecast would have been awkward at best.
Theatre workers belong to different unions, but the longtime broadcast home of the Tony Awards – CBS – is part of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which is the group that the WGA is striking against.