Why do they broadcast the Tony awards? I’m not particularly fond of awards shows, anyway, but at least people buy records and go to the movies. Unless you live in Manhattan, you’re probably not going to see too many Broadway shows.

Apparently, the presence of that guy that plays Wolverine made the show more appealing for the ladies but, alas, Meryl has dibs on him.

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  1. They broadcast the Tony Awards because that’s how tourists find out which shows they’re supposed to go see when they visit New York.

    In fact, Amour is going to be totally screwed because they cut their song near the end of the show because it ran late. (Big surprise there.)

    There are 30 million people in the New York metro area. Theater box offices ring off the hook the day after the Tony Awards. (I want to say “Tonys” but it doesn’t look right.) It can make or break a struggling play, and turn a good one into a superhit.

    And, well, people who like show tunes (yeah, right–geeks. I don’t think so, Sarah Jessica I Can’t Dress Myself Parker) tune in to hear new tunes. Or old tunes. The new ones all sucked, by the way. Sigh. Is Sondheim EVER going to write again?

  2. Steven says:

    The only explanation that I can come up with is this: it is cheap to air, and since it draws attention in NY area (the #1 tv market) and, to perhaps to some degree in LA (#2 market) because of the entertainment industry link, that it is worth showing.

  3. Steven says:

    Personally, I would rather it have been a show about Tony Kornheiser.