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[04/27/10 - 12:44 PM]
Fans Sing Their Way to the Tony Awards!
Two finalists will win the opportunity to walk the red carpet at THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13.

[via press release from CBS]

FANS SING THEIR WAY TO THE TONY AWARDS!

CBS, the Tony Awards and Macy's Launch National Online Singing Contest, "Macy's Ticket To The Tonys"

To Enter, Fans Can Upload Videos of Themselves Performing Select Broadway Tunes to CBS.com

Fans Will Vote Online for the Top Five Performers, Who Will Be Flown to New York City for a Live Sing-Off in Front of a Panel of Judges

Two Winners Will Walk the Red Carpet and Attend the Tony Awards

CBS, the Tony Awards and Macy's are launching a nationwide online singing contest* today, "Macy's Ticket to the Tonys," in which two lucky fans will win the opportunity to walk the red carpet, attend and be featured on live television at THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS(R), to be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, Sunday, June 13 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The awards honor theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

Starting today, contestants ages 13 and over can upload video of themselves singing one of the following Broadway tunes to CBS.com:

· "96,000," In the Heights
· "Gimme, Gimme," Thoroughly Modern Millie
· "Good Morning, Baltimore," Hairspray
· "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa my Hair," South Pacific
· "The Lonely Goatherd," The Sound of Music
· "Maybe," Annie
· "One," A Chorus Line
· "Stars," Les Mis�rables
· "Ya Got Trouble," The Music Man

Entries can be uploaded on http://www.cbs.com/specials/tony_awards/ starting on April 27 at 3:00 PM, ET/12:00 PM, PT, and ending on May 27 at 3:00 PM, ET/12:00 PM, PT, at which point public voting for phase one of the contest commences. Phase one voting concludes on June 1 at 12:00 AM, ET/9:00 PM, PT. On June 3, the five semi-finalists will be revealed and phase two of voting will commence. The five finalists will be flown to New York City to participate in a live sing-off in Macy's Herald Square on Friday, June 11, where a panel of Broadway stars and experts, along with the online votes, will choose the two finalists who will win the opportunity to walk the red carpet at THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13. The two finalists will be red carpet-ready with a $1,000 gift card from Macy's.

Finalists will be featured on THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS(R), Sunday, June 13 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Semi-finalists will win the opportunity to attend the full Tony Awards Dress Rehearsal.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. For complete rules, go to www.cbs.com/tonys.

This year marks the 64th anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom. It will be the 13th year that the historic Radio City Music Hall is home to the Tonys. The ceremonies are presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys in 1947.

The Tonys were founded in memorial to Antoinette ("Tony") Perry, the American Theatre Wing's World War II chairperson. The winners are selected by the governing board of Actors Equity, The Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the United Scenic Artists, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, the Casting Society of America, the American Theatre Wing and members of The Broadway League.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 11th consecutive year.

RATING: To Be Announced





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