With both theatre and television production coming to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak, the annual celebration of the best US theatre was indefinitely postponed.
Instead, CBS will fill the spot on 7 June with a singalong version of 1978 musical film Grease, which originally starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
The news prompted outcry from the stage community, who expressed their frustration that theatre was being overlooked at a time when it needs the most support.
The Last Five Years star Jeremy Jordan tweeted: “Really, @cbs? You’re going to air a Grease sing-a-long in place of the @TheTonyAwards? Leave the sing-a-longs to Disney and give live theatre back the ONE NIGHT of respect it gets per year.”
Clearly unimpressed, Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda reacted by posting a link to the announcement with a meme of Michael Jordan giving some side-eye on the basketball court.
Meanwhile, actor Gideon Glick, who was nominated in 2019 for his performance in Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird, reshared the news of the replacement programming with the words: “I truly thought this was an Onion article.”
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