June 12 2022 – The 75th Annual Tony Awards are scheduled to be held.
Awards are presented by the American Theater Wing and The Broadway League.
Only shows in designated Broadway theaters are eligible for nominations.
The musical that holds the record for most Tony Awards is 2001’s The Producers. It has 12 awards out of 15 nominations.
The hip-hop musical “Hamilton” earned a record 16 nominations on May 3, 2016, including Best Music and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play by playwright/star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Producer/director Harold “Hal” Prince is the recipient of the most total Tony Awards (21).
Actress Audra MacDonald has won the most Tony Awards as an artist (six).
The Tonys are named after Antoinette Perry, a Broadway actress and director who died in 1946.
Her charitable work with the American Theater Wing during World War II inspired the Broadway community to create an award in her honor.
The American Theater Pavilion has become famous for its “theater-doors canteens”, where American soldiers can enter and admire famous Hollywood and Broadway stars.
April 6, 1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
The first “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play” award was a tie with Ingrid Bergman for “Joan Lauren” and Helen Hayes for “Happy Birthday”.
The award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Play” is also a tie between Jose Ferrer for “Cyrano de Bergerac” and Frederic March for “Years Ago”.
1956 – The Tonys are broadcast on television for the first time, on the Dumont Network.
2020 Tony Award winners (selected)
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Best revival of a play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Burnab for “The Inheritance”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Mary Louise Parker for “The Sound Inside”
Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Aaron Tveit for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Adrian Warren for “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical”