Theater community hopes Tony Awards can provide a boost to Broadway

The national spotlight was shining on Broadway when the Tony Awards were presented on Sunday. But even more than recognizing the best of the shows that opened this past year, the awards are also designed to give Broadway boost at a time of year when it can use it.
Held in June each year, (with exception of a delayed ceremony held last year due to the pandemic), the awards bring attention to Broadway and nominated shows as the summer season begins - traditionally a slower time for ticket sales. And with New York City tourism not back up to pre pandemic levels, it can be more challenging to fill seats for some shows. 
There was no shortage of star support for numerous shows now running on Broadway by those attending the Tonys ceremony. 
“You know what I want to see? 'A Strange Loop.' Again,” comedian and actor Amber Ruffin told News 12, hoping to make a return visit to the winner of this year's prize for best new musical.
"Star Trek" icon George Takei says he has  seen a number of Broadway shows recently and was struck by the message in the musical drama "Paradise Square."
"Paradise Square is an important musical about a chapter in American history," says Takei.
Broadway and television veteran Bebe Neuwirth believes all theater from regional productions to off-Broadway should benefit from showcasing Broadway on the awards telecast. 
"I don't want to play favorites. I support all theater," she said.