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Tony Awards Fun Facts

Tony Awards Fun Facts

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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