Tony Time: The Tony Awards May Move To Lincoln Center

tony-2015-horizontal-rgb-72dpiIf you think house hunting in New York City is bad, try doing that for all of Broadway under one roof. The 2016 Tony Awards are on the move as the search for a potential home, should Radio City Music Hall officially become unavailable, is underway! With a plethora of theaters located throughout New York, options are definitely on the table as move elsewhere looks ever more certain. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Tony Awards are considering a move to Lincoln Center for the 2016 Awards Ceremony!

The New York Times is keeping tabs on the Tony Awards as they actively explore several new venue options for the 2016 awards ceremony throughout New York City. The search comes just a month following an announcement from Radio City Music Hall that the Rockettes New York Spectacular would return in 2016 except this time for a summer time as opposed to the spring. The times reports that in addition to The Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side, the Tony Awards have explored the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center in Midtown and the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. According to several individuals who asked to remain anonymous, officials are hoping to lock in the 2016 ceremony location official within the month.

Let’s down the potential locations we’ve mentioned above;

8684072598_99278b3da4_bThe David H. Koch Theatre as Lincoln Center is a stunning theatre used for ballet, dance and theatre which opened in 1964. The theatre seats roughly 2,586 people with a broad orchestra section surrounded by four large balconies and one smaller fifth balcony. The theatre has been undergoing a renovation since 2008 when David H. Koch pledged $100 million dollars over the course of 10 years. While the theatre is best known as being home to the New York Ballet, the theatre did originally house Broadway productions helmed by the now deceased Music Theatre of Lincoln Center Company. Productions such as The King And I, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun,Show Boat and South Pacific all played the theatre throughout the 1960’s.

Kings TheaterKings Theatre in Brooklyn is a movie-palace type theatre that opened in 1929 and closed in 1977. While the theatre sat empty for decades, a complete renovation began in 2010 and was just recently completed with the theatre opening this past January to the public. The theatre seats roughly 3,000 people and originally presented shows that combined movies and live vaudeville acts. The theatre converted to just feature films as vaudeville declined and eventually closed its doors. However, the theatre just recently underwent a $95 million dollar renovation to restore the theatre to a full functioning performing arts center. The interior spaces have all been restored to their original splendor while the stage technology has met modern-day operations.

NYT2009021118564738CThe Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side is a movie-palace type theatre that opened in 1929. The theatre seats roughly 2,829 people and originally was intended as a silent film theatre. However, with a delay in opening the actual venue to the public, the Beacon’s first film was a talking feature as silent films had already outdated themselves. The theatre switched to live performances in 1976 and has presented hundreds of artists in concert since. The theatre recently underwent a $10 million dollar renovation. It is often considered the sister of Radio City Music Hall. The Beacon is no stranger to the Tony Awards having hosted the 2011 and 2012 ceremonies when Radio City Music Hall was unavailable. The theatre was believed to be the backup incase such an event ever happened again although that has not officially been stated.

There are all of the currently known contenders for the 2016 Tony Awards ceremony!

Each venue comes with its own pros and cons. I don’t think there is any argument that each venue is more than beautiful enough to host the ceremony. I mean, take a second look at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn! That being said, each venue currently seats about half of what Radio City Music Hall does. A move to a smaller venue will definitely mean fewer tickets for industry officials and more than likely no tickets for fans who often fill the upper balconies of Radio City. Kings Theatre is far from Midtown where all the Broadway theatres are located and many casts move back and forth between performances and rehearsals for the ceremony. Lincoln Center is closest, counting Radio City out entirely, and a beautiful new space the Tony Awards could call home. The Beacon is also just as suitable and has proven itself before. However, it is located around 10 blocks further north than Lincoln Center.

As previously promised, Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as the Tony Awards search for a new home for 2016! We should remind you that while many have considered Radio City completely out of the picture, representatives from the awards ceremony have reminded us that “negotiations are ongoing”. For complete Tony Awards coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official Website,Facebook Page or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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