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Tony kudocast taps McCann

Vet B'way producer replaces Dobie

NEW YORK — As expected, Elizabeth Ireland McCann has been named managing producer for the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards’ 2001 and 2002 broadcasts on CBS. The announcement was made by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing, the two orgs that oversee the awards.

She replaces Edgar Dobie, who held the position for the past two years. Dobie is producing the musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” by Ken Ludwig and Don Schlitz, due on Broadway in next spring.

McCann is a veteran Broadway producer (“Dracula,” “Copenhagen”) who comes to the Tonys at a particularly troubled time in its history: Last June’s CBS broadcast garnered a viewership of only 6.5 million, the awards’ lowest ratings ever.

Besides her many theater credits, McCann has also produced for television, including the broadcasts of “Piaf,” “Mornings at Seven” and “Orpheus Descending.”

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