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re: BROADWAY’S BRIGHTEST STARS SET TO TAKE THE STAGE AT “THE TONY AWARDS® PRESENT: BROADWAY’S BACK!,” LIVE FROM THE WINTER GARDEN THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY
Posted by: Singapore/Fling 01:57 pm EDT 09/21/21
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I'm 99% certain that Kingspeed is right that grammatically it should be considered a singular entity, but you are right that colloquially we often refer to it as a plural.

We should say "The Tonys is on", but that sounds weird, so we default to the plural. See also "The Tony Awards are brought to you by..." - technically, it really should be the Tony Awards is brought to you (because the awards are collected as a singular event, i.e. "this broadcast is brought to you"), but that seems wrong. Grammar is funny.
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