Grease singalong to Replace Tony Awards Broadcast

Olivia Newton-john and John Travolta in "Grease." Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock (1575819a)

CBS announced a singalong version of the classic 1978 musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will air on Sunday, June 7 in place of the originally scheduled 2020 Tony Awards ceremony.

The Tonys, which honor the best of Broadway at Radio City Music Hall, remain indefinitely postponed. The network previously postponed the Broadway-focused awards broadcast in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

CBS’ broadcast of Grease is part of the channel’s Sunday Night Movies series and will feature follow-along lyrics to the movie’s iconic tunes. Additional titles airing during Sunday Night Movies include Titanic (May 24), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (May 31).

In addition to the prior postponement of the Tony Awards, it was announced earlier this week that Broadway would remain closed until at least September 6. However, according to New York Post, insiders say the pause is likely to continue through at least winter.