The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan.
The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances. One is also given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are given as well, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award.
Who has won the most Tony Awards ever?
Audra Ann McDonald (born July 3, 1970) is an American actress and singer. Primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage. Audra McDonald has won six Tony Awards for performance, more than any other individual. She is the only person to have won Tony Awards in four different acting categories. She has performed in musicals, operas, and dramas such as A Moon for the Misbegotten, 110 in the Shade, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class, and Porgy and Bess. Julie Harris also earned six Tony Awards.
Who is the oldest Tony Awards winner?
Dick Latessa is the oldest actor to win a Tony for his performance in Hairspray aged 72, whilst Lois Smith holds the record for oldest actress for her performance in The Inheritance, which she won at age 90. The youngest actor to win the Best Supporting Actor Tony Award, at age 11, was Frankie Michaels, in 1966, for his performance in Mame, a record which still stands today. Twenty-five years later, at 11 and a half years old, Daisy Eagan took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Secret Garden, cementing her place in Tony history as the youngest woman to win the award.
Who is the youngest Tony Award winner?
In 2013, the four girls who alternated for the title role in Matilda the Musical (Sophia Gennusa, aged 9; Bailey Ryon, aged 10; Oona Laurence, aged 10; and Milly Shapiro, aged 10) won a joint Tony Honors award, making Gennusa the youngest to ever win a Tony, albeit non-competitive.
Who won a Tony and an Oscar for the same role?
Elizaveta (Lila) Nikolaevna Kedrova (Russian: Елизавета (Лиля) Николаевна Кедрова; 9 October 1909– 16 February 2000) was a Russian-born French actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Zorba the Greek (1964), and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for the same role in the musical version of the film.
She had the longest wait between wins — twenty years. And since the movie was not a musical, she is the only person on the list to win for both a musical and a non-musical performance. She was also the last actor of the 20th century to win both awards for the same role.
What are the Tony Awards Rules?
For the purposes of the award, a new play or musical is one that has not previously been produced on Broadway and is not “determined… to be a ‘classic’ or in the historical or popular repertoire”, as determined by the Administration Committee (per Section (2g) of the Rules and Regulations). The rule about “classic” productions was instituted by the Tony Award Administration Committee in 2002, and stated (in summary) “A play or musical that is determined … to be a ‘classic’ or in the historical or popular repertoire shall not be eligible for an award in the Best Play or Best Musical Category but may be eligible in that appropriate Best Revival category.” Shows transferred from Off-Broadway or the West End are eligible as “new”, as are productions based closely on films.
This rule has been the subject of some controversy, as some shows, such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Violet, have been ruled ineligible for the “new” category, meaning that their authors did not have a chance to win the important awards of Best Play or Best Musical (or Best Score or Best Book for musicals). On the other hand, some people[who?] feel that allowing plays and musicals that have been frequently produced to be eligible as “new” gives them an unfair advantage because they will have benefited from additional development time as well as additional familiarity with the Tony voters.
How to watch the 2022 Tony Awards
The 75th annual Tony Awards, set for Sunday night, will name the best of Broadway in the 2021-22 season. And it could be a big night for Jennifer Hudson.
A Tony award is the final piece of the puzzle for Hudson, who is on the verge of reaching EGOT status — or winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Hudson was a producer for A Strange Loop, which is nominated for best musical. In the words of the show’s creator Michael R. Jackson, the show is “a musical about a young Black gay man named Usher who works as an usher at a Broadway show who is writing a musical about a young Black gay man named Usher who works as an usher at a Broadway show… who is caught in a self-referential loop of his own self hatred.”
Hudson has won a Daytime Emmy for her role as executive producer for Baby Yaga, Grammy awards for The Color Purple and her debut self-titled studio album, and an Oscar for best supporting actress in Dreamgirls.
The presentation of awards begins at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+ and will be broadcast live coast to coast. Paramount+ subscribers can also catch an exclusive celebration that begins at 7 p.m.
Darren Criss and Julianne Hough will host the initial celebration, dubbed “The Tony Awards: Act One,” and Ariana DeBose will host the main event.