Tony Awards Facts

Tony Awards Facts
The Tony Awards are presented each year for excellence in Broadway theatre. The full name for the Tony Awards is the 'Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre' and is the equivalent to the Academy Awards for film or Grammy Awards for Music. The name originates from the co-founder of the American Theatre Wing - Antoinette 'Tony' Perry. The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway Wing are responsible for presenting the Tony Awards in NYC each year. The first Tony Awards ceremony was held on April 6th, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in NYC. When the first award was handed out the presenter named the award a Tony and it stuck.
Interesting Tony Awards Facts:
Antoinette Perry, for whom the Tony Awards are named, was an actress, producer, director and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing who died in 1946.
The first Tony Awards included articles of jewelry and cigarette lighters, as well as money clips.
In 1949 the Tony Award became a medallion. It originally had Antoinette Perry's relief profile but later was changed to display the winner's name, year, production, and category.
Approximately 868 people are eligible to vote on the Tony Awards including advisory members of the American Theatre Wing, Actor's Equity Association governing board members, Dramatists Guild members, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers members, Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers members, United Scenic Artists members, voting members of the Broadway League, and others with prestigious memberships.
In order for a production to be eligible for a Tony it must have opened by the eligibility date which is included in the Rules and Regulations created each year.
In order to be eligible as a Broadway theatre a venue must have 500 seats or more.
The 2016 musical Hamilton received the most Tony nominations at 16 in 13 categories.
The 2001 musical The Producers won the most Tonys as a single production by winning 12.
The most wins by a non-musical was the 2007 play The Coast of Utopia at 7 wins in total.
Productions that have won all of the big six awards include South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, and Hairspray.
Harold Prince has the most Tony Awards at 21 in total, for directing, producing, and three special Tonys.
The musical revival to have had the most Tony nominations was the 2000 production of Kiss Me, Kate.
Stephen Sondheim has won the most Tony Awards as composer with 8 in total.
Angela Lansbury has hosted the Most Tony Awards ceremonies at 5 in total. She has also won five Tonys of her own - four for musicals and one for a play.
There have been 10 ties in Tony Awards history.
The Scottsboro Boys play was nominated for 12 Tonys in 2011 but won zero awards.
There have been five actresses to win both an Oscar and a Tony in one year including Shirley Booth, Audrey Hepburn, Ellen Burstyn, Mercedes Ruehl, and Judi Dench.
Some actors have won both an Oscar and a Tony for the same role, including Viola Davis in Fences, Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker, Yul Brynner in The King and I, and Jose Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac.

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