The Tony Awards are going back to the place where the Rockettes high-kick it.
The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the show that honors the best of Broadway, said Monday the glittery event will be broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. Nominations will be announced April 30.
Producers of the show were forced to find a new home for the 2011 event after Cirque du Soleil moved into the 6,000-seat Rockefeller Center arena with its $50 million acrobatic rock opera Zarkana. The Tonys had been hosted at Radio City from 1997-2010.
For the past two years, the Tonys were handed out at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
The venue was much smaller, having only about 2,870 seats, leading to ticket-rationing and a struggle to seat the often large amount of show producers.
‘Da Vinci Code’ e-book for free
Ten years and tens of millions of copies later, The Da Vinci Code is on the house.
Doubleday announced Monday that a free e-book edition of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel will be available at online retailers through Sunday. The e-book will include the prologue and first chapter of Brown’s next novel, Inferno, coming out in May.
Doubleday also announced that Brown will make a single promotional appearance in the U.S. for Inferno.
He will speak at Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center on May 15, the day after his new book is released. A livestream will be available to libraries and bookstores.
Fishing, wartime books win prize
A history of fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and a close study of wartime conduct have been named winners of the prestigious Bancroft Prize.
Columbia University announced Monday that the winners were W. Jeffrey Bolster’s The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail and John Fabian Witt’s Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History.
Each author will receive $10,000 for one of the most coveted awards among historians.
Morrissey cancels North American tour
Health concerns are forcing Morrissey to cancel his North American tour.
In a statement released Friday night, his rep says the singer has to take a break after suffering a series of maladies, including double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a gastrointestinal problem called Barrett’s esophagus.
Fans can get refunds where they purchased their tickets.
Morrissey was scheduled to be in Chicago on Saturday and Indianapolis on April 9.