Tony Awards 'will not be televised as planned' amid Hollywood writers' strike

Ceremony to celebrate the best in theatre is due to take place on June 11 but may even be postponed

Some Like It Hot dominates this year's Tony Award nominations, with 13 nods. AP
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The 2023 Tony Awards ceremony will reportedly not be televised as scheduled amid the continuing Hollywood writers' strike ― and may even be postponed.

Organisers for the annual event had requested a strike waiver from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) so the annual ceremony could proceed as planned, according to US media.

But the WGA declined to give the waiver on Friday, The Hollywood Reporter said.

More than 11,000 members of the union stopped working last week after their contracts expired.

The strike has already caused several Hollywood productions to shut down or be delayed, in addition to affecting events including the MTV Movie and TV Awards.

THR said that although a script for the Tonys — which is due to take place on June 11 — was complete, organisers had requested that the show be exempt from protest action.

It was reportedly noted by organisers that struggling Broadway productions depend on the Tonys for exposure, and that such action would prove financially damaging.

On Friday, THR reported organisers were expected to hold a non-televised event, or postpone the ceremony until the strike comes to an end.

The union is seeking higher minimum pay, more writers per show and less exclusivity on single projects, among other demands — all conditions it says have been diminished during the content boom of the streaming era.

Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose was scheduled to host the 2023 Tonys ceremony, at the United Palace in New York.

A number of high-profile stars are nominated including Jodie Comer, Samuel L Jackson, and singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Representatives for the Tony Awards have been approached by PA for comment.

Updated: May 13, 2023, 7:25 AM