Watch the 2011 Tony Awards Live in Times Square

For the third year in a row, the Tony Awards® will be simulcast live on a giant outdoor screen in Times Square.

I always thought this looked like fun and as luck would have it, I’m going to be in New York this weekend. I may try to go, so if you’re in the area, look for me!

My only issue: In the picture to the right, where are the bathrooms?

The Tony Awards air this Sunday on CBS.

From the press release:
The Tony Awards, in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and Clear Channel Spectacolor, in addition to simulcast co-sponsors, Daktronics Inc., Cohen & Perfetto LLP and the Broadway Association, will air the Tony Awards Red Carpet which is presented by Audemars Piguet, courtesy of NY1; and the entirety of the Tony Awards show, including the Creative Arts Awards, on Clear Channel’s SpectacolorHD screen in Times Square on Sunday, June 12th, from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fans in Times Square will also be treated to NY1’s pre-show, “On STAGE’s Red Carpet to the Tonys” hosted by Roma Torre and Donna Karger, with Patrick Pacheco, Frank DiLella and Stephanie Simon, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – also available to Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region customers in HD on channel 701 (or standard definition on channel 1). The red carpet will be followed by full coverage of the Tony Awards ceremony live from the Beacon Theatre; including the Creative Arts Awards, which are presented by the InterContinental Hotel and Resorts, which can only otherwise be viewed live inside the Beacon Theatre.

The simulcast will take place, rain or shine, with full audio with seating available, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Duffy Square, throughout the evening. Host Tovah Feldshuh will make her second appearance at the simulcast. She was the co-emcee the first time the Tonys were shown in Times Square, in 2009, when she was appearing on Broadway in Irena’s Vow.

Here is how the Tony Awards leadership spoke of the event. “This will be our third year simulcasting the Tony Awards live in Times Square,” said Howard Sherman, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing. “The simulcast and events in Time Square have become a fun tradition that we hope all New Yorkers will be a part of when they join us on Sunday evening.”

“It is an absolute thrill to share the Tony Awards experience with the heart of the Broadway Community – Times Square,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. “The simulcast gives fans the unique opportunity to share in the experience, together, and cheer on their favorite Broadway stars from the red carpet to the Award presentations. The energy on that night, in Times Square, is absolutely incredible.”

Tim Tompkins, president of Times Square Alliance, added the following: “Broadway and Times Square are inseparable, so we are thrilled that the greatest performers on earth can be seen digitally at the most dramatic stage on earth – the heart of Times Square!”

For those not in the New York City area, the Tony Awards will be broadcast live, from the Beacon Theatre on CBS, Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). The 2011 Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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