Is the bracketed definite article correctly used in the following?
The Tony Awards recognize excellence on [the] stage and behind the scenes.
A colleague wrote it, but the dictionaries I've consulted say "on stage" means "performing on a stage."
The Collins Dictionary has the following remark:
"You can refer to acting and the production of plays in a theater as the stage. Madge did not want to put her daughter on the stage ... He was the first comedian I ever saw on the stage."
I think the definition from Collins refers to work done in the theatrical industry in general, covering not only acting but also scripting, lighting, directing, etc.
But the sentence in the OP divides theater into two parts: acting and otherwise, so if "on stage" rather than "on the stage" is used, I suspect it then refers to acting only.