Tony Awards Set New Date for 2016

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Kelli O'Hara accepts her Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical in 2015

The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS from The Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 12.

A new venue and airdate has been set for the 70th Annual Tony Awards, CBS said on Tuesday. 

The awards show will be broadcast live from The Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 8:00-11:00 p.m., live ET/delayed PT. Previously, the show had been set for June 5 of next year.

The news comes after the Tony Awards lost their regular space at Radio City Musical Hall due to changes in the schedule of the Rockettes' New York Spring Spectacular, co-produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment.

The Tonys were previously presented at the Beacon in 2011 and 2012, when Radio City was booked by a Cirque du Soleil show. The Upper West Side theater is considerably smaller, seating just 2,800, as opposed to 6,000 at Radio City. That means the invite list for next year's event will be significantly tighter. Both venues are operated by Madison Square Garden Entertainment.

In addition to the date change for the Tony ceremony, the eligibility cutoff for shows opening in the 2015-16 season has been pushed back two days from April 26 to 28. The nominations will be announced on May 3.

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