2012 Tony Awards Film Series

May 12 – 13, 2012
12:00 AM
New York

FREE with Paley Center admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited. To RSVP, please send your ticket request and film preference to Please limit your request for tickets to one of the screenings to two (2) tickets per person.

The Tony Awards Film Series will screen Broadway inspired films and will feature exclusive interactive opportunities for audiences, including a panel discussion with Tony Award winners, a Carol Channing look-a-like contest and a sing-a-long.


Saturday, May 12, 2012
2:00 - 5:00 pm

The Standbys
World Premiere Screening, followed by a talk-back panel

The Tony Awards Film Series will open 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 underappreciated 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 talkback panel of Tony Award-winning Broadway stars TBA who got their start as understudies or standbys. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012
12:15 – 2:30 pm

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Screening and Audience Look-A-Like contest with prizes

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life is the story of the legendary Tony Award–winning performer Carol Channing, whose life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile.  Director Dori Berinstein (Show Business, Gotta Dance), with co-writer Adam Zucker, captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old star, onstage and off…past and present. The film is both an intimate love story and a rarefied journey inside Broadway’s most glamorous era. It is, above all, a look at an inspiring, incomparable, and always entertaining American Legend.
Guests attending the screening of Carol Channing: Larger Than Life are encouraged to come dressed as the Broadway legend for a fun and interactive Carol Channing Look-A-Like Contest!  

2:45 – 6:00 pm

Audience Sing-A-Long Screening

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day, then with a sing-a-long with Tony Award-winner Hugh Jackman? Oklahoma!—the classic Broadway musical seen in an Emmy Award-winning film version—features some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest songs including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.” The 1999 film of the acclaimed National Theatre stage revival in London (directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman) stars Hugh Jackman, Maureen Lipman, Josefina Gabrielle, and Shuler Hensley. Courtesy of Richard Price, RPTA, Ltd.

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.

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