Tony Awards Film Series, Carol Channing, Paley Center for Media
The Tony Awards have announced the line-up for the 2nd Annual Tony Awards Film Series, which will take place on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th at The Paley Center for Media. The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
The Tony Awards Film Series will screen Broadway inspired films and will feature exclusive interactive opportunities for audiences, including panel discussions with Tony Award winners, a Carol Channing look-a-like contest and sing-a-longs. The Tony Awards Film Series is free to the public, with a suggested donation to The Paley Center for Media. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis, as seating is limited. Please limit two (2) tickets per person. To RSVP, please send your ticket request and film preference to FilmSeries@TonyAwards.com.
The Tony Awards Film Series will open on Saturday, May 12th with the world premiere of Stephanie Riggs' "The Standbys." This dramatic documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of performers rarely glimpsed by audiences. These performers, known as "standbys," remain backstage, prepared to go on at a moment's notice. In this evocative behind-the-scenes documentary, the at times heartbreaking and hilarious lives of Broadway's understudies and standbys are finally brought into the spotlight. "The Standbys" follows three undiscovered performers for several years through their ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, onstage performances and private lives. When these standbys are finally given the chance of a lifetime, anything can - and does - happen.
The film features never-before-heard stories from industry insiders and celebrities who reveal the unimaginable struggles these under-appreciated performers endure as they wait in the wings for their shot at a dream that may never come true.
The "Standbys" screening will be followed by a talk-back panel of Tony Award-winning Broadway stars who got their start as understudies or standbys.
On Sunday, May 13th, the Tony Awards Film Series will feature two films, "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life," and "Oklahoma!"