CBS Will Air ‘Grease’ Singalong Instead of the Tony Awards

May 17, 2020
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CBS announced that a musical would fill the June 7 time slot where the 2020 Tony Awards were originally set to be aired, reported the New York Post.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the musical will not be live nor new. The network will air a singalong version of the 1978 film “Grease” at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Tony Awards, a ceremony which honors the best of Broadway, will be postponed.

Fans of Broadway were angered after CBS announced that the singalong version of the classic film would replace the Tony Awards on the network. One Twitter user commented, “Replacing the Tonys with a grease singalong is catering to a completely different audience than would have been watching the Tonys...”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Broadway mastermind behind “Hamilton,” posted a link to the announcement with a vintage photo of Michael Jordan on the basketball court giving a side-eye to his teammate.

Back in March, a statement was released that the awards show “will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner.” The network added that the safety and health of the Broadway community, artists and fans is important to them.

The statement continued, "We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again. We are looking forward to celebrating Broadway and our industry when it is safe to do so."

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