Guide to the 2020 Tony Awards: how to watch, nominees, and more

Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 Tony Awards.

Guide to the 2020 Tony Awards: how to watch, nominees, and more

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. But, this year, the Great White Way’s biggest night of the year is going virtual, as the Tony Awards will take place online. For the first time in Tony history, Broadway’s best will come together via Zoom calls for the stagiest ‘Microsoft Team’ ever, celebrating shows and performers who’ve won their categories.

Fewer productions are up for awards this year, as a result of the Broadway shutdown which suspended all shows from Mar. 12, 2020 indefinitely. Even so, there’s no denying the razzamatazz of the Tony Awards, which is set to be even more poignant this year.

Here’s our guide to the 2020 Tony Awards, which will be updated with the latest information when made available.

Read the 2020 Tony Award nominations on New York Theatre Guide.

What day are the Tony Awards?

The 2020 Tony Awards will take place on Sept. 26, 2021. There will also be a celebration event shortly after the ceremony, championing the theatre that has taken place during the pandemic. Find out more about the Tony Awards ceremony here. Voting for the 2020 Tony Awards took place between March 1 - 15. 

What time are the Tony Awards?

The 2020 Tony Awards will be broadcast at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT. After the ceremony, The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back! will be available to watch. Details on The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back! are to be announced.

Where are the Tony Awards taking place?

Details on a location for the 2020 Tony Awards is to be announced. It is unknown if it will be virtually, with audience members seeing inside the homes of their favourite Broadway stars.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place at Radio City Music Hall, the unofficial home of the Tonys. Annual ceremonies have been held at Radio City Music Hall from 1997 to 2010, and again from 2013 to 2015 and 2017 to 2019 respectively. Nicknamed the ‘Showplace of the Nation’, it’s no surprise that the Tony Awards have found their home at Radio City Music Hall; over 6,000 people can watch a performance at the New York venue.

How can I watch the Tony Awards?

Audiences can watch the 2020 Tony Awards live on Paramount+. More details are available here.

But, it is likely that you’ll be able to keep up to date with all the events on the Tony Awards YouTube channel. The ceremony is also likely to be broadcast on CBS, with timings to be confirmed.

What shows were eligible for the Tony Awards in 2020?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic causing the shutdown of Broadway’s theatre, fewer shows are eligible for awards. In order to qualify for awards this season, shows had to have received their Broadway opening before Feb. 19, 2020.

18 shows were eligible for the 2020 Tony Awards, made up of 10 original plays, 4 original musicals and 4 play revivals. All shows are listed below:

Original Plays

A Christmas Carol
Grand Horizons
The Great Society
The Height of the Storm
The Inheritance
Linda Vista
My Name is Lucy Barton
Sea Wall/A Life
Slave Play
The Sound Inside

Original Musicals

Jagged Little Pill
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Moulin Rouge
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Play Revivals

A Soldier’s Play
Betrayal
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
The Rose Tattoo

Find out more information about every show that’s eligible for the 2020 Tony Awards with New York Theatre Guide.

Who is nominated for the 2020 Tony Awards?

The 2020 Tony Award nominations were announced on 15 October 2020. Jagged Little Pill was the most nominated show, with 15 nods, while Slave Play dominates the plays with 12 nominations. Aaron Tveit is the sole performer in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category. 

Read the 2020 Tony Award nominations on New York Theatre Guide.

Who will win the 2020 Tony Awards?

Who knows? We’re not mindreaders! You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled on New York Theatre Guide to find out the winners of the 2020 Tony Awards.