The newly announced Special Tony Award will honor organizations that consider their role in systemic racism. The first winners are Broadway Advocacy Coalition, David Byrne’s American Utopia, and Freestyle Love Supreme.
The special Tony Award will pay tribute to shows fighting racism. As previously reported, the celebration of the shortened 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The return of the live theater will be held in two parts on September 26. First, it will be held on Paramount+ at 7 pm. It will be followed by the CBS prime time special program (and three best production awards).
American utopia is characterized by the former Talking Heads lead singer Byrne. He, along with a group of global musicians exploring topics such as human connection, self-evolution, and social justice. After performing on Broadway for the first time in 2019, the theater concert will return on September 17th.
The Broadway Advocacy Coalition was founded in 2016 by members of the black theater community (Jackie Bell, Amber Iman, Cameron J Ross, Britton Smith, Adrienne Warren, and Christian Dante White) to ensure that the art industry is fighting racism. Through countless seminars, forums, and impact projects, non-profit organizations inspire artists and art workers to study how white supremacy penetrates the industry and how we achieve racial equality.
Freestyle Love Supreme recently announced that it will return to Broadway; the hip-hop impromptu band will perform at the Booth Theatre on October 7. The troupe was founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale. During the pandemic, both American Utopia and Freestyle Love Supreme appeared on the small screen. The filming version of the former premiered on HBO (Director Spike Lee), and the latter became the subject of a documentary on Hulu.
Additional information about both elements of the ceremony will be announced later.