Until now, Radio City Music Hall has often been the host to the Tony Awards, but it was announced this past Tuesday, December 13, that the 76th iteration of the ceremony will move uptown and find a new home.
The award ceremony, which hands out the best-of-Broadway awards, will do so from Washington Heights’ historic United Palace theater.
The history of the United Palace begins in 1930 when it opened as a movie theater. Though it’s smaller than Radio City Music Hall, the theater’s nearly 3,400 seats makes it Manhattan’s 4th largest theatre, and it hosts concerts, movie premieres, religious activities, and other events.
Vital to the Washington Heights community, the theater showcases work from local artists–many which are school children–and houses the non-profit Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.
“We are excited to bring the Tony Awards to the historic United Palace for the first time. As we celebrate the best of this Broadway season and 76 years of the Tony Awards, we look forward to ushering in a new golden age for the show from this majestic, golden age theatre,” said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.
The ceremony will recognize all of the award categories and honor plays and musicals from the 2022-2023 season (April 29, 2022 and April 27, 2023).
The 76th Annual Tony Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, June 11, 2023 on CBS. It will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.