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As CBS and Paramount Plus Expand and Split This Year’s Tony Awards, Execs and Producers Explain Why

Michael Schneider Variety Editor at LargeAs the Tony Awards return for the first time in more than two years, CBS and White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss faced a challenging task: How to hand out awards, celebrate the best in recent theater and — perhaps most crucially — hammer home the fact that Broadway is back and open for business.One result: Taking advantage of multiple platforms in the ViacomCBS universe by expanding the show to four hours (from its normal three

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Michael Schneider Variety Editor at LargeAs the Tony Awards return for the first time in more than two years, CBS and White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss faced a challenging task: How to hand out awards, celebrate the best in recent theater and — perhaps most crucially — hammer home the fact that Broadway is back and open for business.One result: Taking advantage of multiple platforms in the ViacomCBS universe by expanding the show to four hours (from its normal three
Michael Schneider Variety Editor at LargeWhen former “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” writer Elisabeth Kiernan Averick joined the staff of “The Simpsons” a few years ago, she knew eventually she’d be called upon to write a musical episode. That episode is Sunday’s Season 33 premiere, “Star of the Backstage,” in which Marge stages a revival of her high school musical, “Y2K: The Millennium Bug.”At first, Marge fondly remembers serving as the show’s stage manager back then.

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