Each year at the end of April, Broadway's best are nominated for Tony Awards. The winners are announced on the Tony Awards Show in June.
- The Tony Award is named in honor of Antoinette "Tony" Perry (1888-1946). She was an actress, stage director and philanthropist who was a founder of the American Theatre Wing.
- The first Tony Awards were given out in 1947.
- During the first two years of the Tonys, there was no official Tony award; the winners were presented with a a scroll, cigarette lighter and articles of jewelry such as 14-carat gold compacts and bracelets for the women, and money clips for the men.
- In 1949 a medallion depicting the masks of comedy and tragedy on one side and the profile of Antoinette Perry on the other became the official Tony Award.
- The Tony Award stands eight inches tall and weighs 1 lbs. 10 oz.
- Only Broadway shows can win Tony Awards. No Off Broadway or Touring Shows are eligible.
- The Tony Awards are usually held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
- Neil Patrick Harris has hosted the Tony Awards show 4 times: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013. On a fun note, he won an Emmy for hosting The Tonys.
And the Winner is:
- The Musical with the most Tony Awards with 12 is Mel Brook's The Producers (2001)
- The Play with the most Tony Awards with 7 is Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia (2007)
- Actor with the most Tony Awards is Audra McDonald with 6 and Julie Harris has 5 and a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.
- Person with the most Tony Awards is Producer/Director Harold Prince with 21.
Good every time! Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman won Best Play in 1949 and is the only play to have won two Best Revival Tonys (in 1984 and 1999.)
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