How to watch the Tonys
It’s almost time for Broadway’s biggest night! Though this year’s ceremony lacks the zeitgeist favorite Hamilton that drove 2016’s broadcast to its highest ratings in 15 years, the 71st annual Tony Awards promise to offer a night of surprises and entertainment for any theater lover.
Now that you’ve planned your themed cocktails and dug out your Playbill collection, there’s only one thing left to do: figure out how you’re going to watch.
This Sunday, June 11, the Kevin Spacey-hosted ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. ET/PT time delay live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. If you own a television, then you’re all set. The show airs on CBS. The red carpet will stream live on TonyAwards.com beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET (as well as on NY1 and Nordstrom.com).
For those without a television, catching the broadcast might be a bit tricky. The only place to catch the stream live online or via Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV is on CBS All Access, which requires a subscription fee of $5.99/month. Additionally, the livestream is only available in select markets, so you will need to check availability in your area.
If you don’t have access to any of this, you can still follow the events of the night on social media. @TheTonyAwards will be sharing behind-the-scenes updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter throughout the night, beginning with live red carpet coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET.
In years’ past, there was a Times Square simulcast, but there are no plans for any public viewing parties this year. If you have an extra $250 (or more) lying around, you can attend the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS live viewing party at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.
So if you’re sans television and CBS All Access subscription, it’s time to start looking for a friend who does.
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