Clear Channel Spectacolor, a brand division of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCO), in partnership with Tony Awards Productions and The Times Square Alliance, today announced that the seventh annual simulcast of the Tony Awards® will be hosted by co-executive producer, Justin Guarini (Wicked, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, American Idiot, Romeo and Juliet) and super Harlem fave Deborah Cox (Aida, Jekyll & Hyde) in Times Square on Sunday, June 7.
The annual event gives attendees a chance to be part of the full Tony Awards experience, including red carpet arrivals and the full awards show presentation via Clear Channel’s SpectacolorHD screens in the heart of the Broadway community—New York City’s Times Square. Clear Channel Spectacolor is co-producer of the 2015 simulcast and an official media partner of the 69thAnnual Tony Awards.
“We are delighted to have Justin return this year alongside the supremely talented Deborah Cox to host this incredible annual event,” said Harry Coghlan, President of Clear Channel Outdoor New York. “Clear Channel Spectacolor is thrilled to again serve as a producing partner for such a unique celebration of the Broadway community in the heart of the Great White Way.”
The Times Square simulcast will feature special guest appearances and performances. In addition, portions of the Tony Awards Red Carpet and the entirety of the Tony Awards show—including the Creative Arts Awards which can otherwise only be seen live inside Radio City Music Hall—will stream live, giving theatre lovers a front row seat to all of the award show action.
“This year’s Times Square celebration is going to be star-studded, packed with great performances, and bigger than ever before,” noted Guarini. “I couldn’t be more honored to have the incredible Deborah Cox as my partner-in-crime as we take the stage to help honor the wonderful shows that make Broadway and New York City one of the premier destinations in the world.”
Cox stated, “I’m very excited and thrilled to co-host and perform with Justin Guarini at this year’s Tony Awards in Times Square. Performing on Broadway has been an exhilarating experience for me. It is an honor to be a part of the celebration of Broadway’s best!”
“We are pleased to once again partner with Clear Channel Spectacolor, the Times Square Alliance and the city of New York to bring the Tony Awards broadcast to the heart of the Theater District – Times Square,” said Charlotte St Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing. “The simulcast is the ideal opportunity for local and visiting Broadway fans to enjoy the Tony Awards on the big screen and cheer alongside fellow theatre enthusiasts. We look forward to another successful year!”
The simulcast will take place rain or shine, with full audio and seating for 2,000 guests starting at 4:00 – 11:00 PM on Duffy Square and the Broadway Plaza between 46th and 48th St, the heart of Times Square. The event is free and open to the public.
The Tony Awards, which will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, on Sunday, June 7th, 8:00 – 11:00 PM (ET/PT time delay). The Tony Awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.