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Writers Guild of America

The Tonys' chief writer: Dave Boone, award-winning writer of award shows

The Tonys' chief writer: Dave Boone, award-winning writer of award shows

If you’ve ever watched an awards show and been moved to tears by a heartfelt tribute or chuckled at clever patter between presenters, there’s a good chance Dave Boone had a hand in it.

Over the past 20 years, he’s served as head writer or as part of the writing team for a multitude of Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes telecasts, as well as for many other such televised trophy extravaganzas. The 72nd Annual Tony Awards on CBS on Sunday mark his 15th consecutive year as chief writer for that show. And while live TV is how Boone makes his living, live theater is where his heart is.

“I get really excited when I go see a Broadway musical and hear the orchestra tuning up,”...

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