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behind the scenes of broadway’s biggest night

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre (or the Tony Award as it is more widely known) was
created in 1947. The name was inspired by Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and leader of the American
Theatre Wing who had passed away around the time of the award’s inception. Broadway musicals and plays that meet
the eligible date requirement are nominated each year by a Nominating Committee and voted for by members of
various theatre organizations. The award categories include Best Musical, Best Play, Best Lead Actor and Actress in a
Musical and Play, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and many others. The ceremony is presented annually in
New York City by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League and features performances from current
Broadway musicals and the awards, which are presented by members of the Broadway and entertainment

the last five years

best best
host musical play

Kristen The Curious

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2015 & Alan Fun Home the Dog in
Cummings the Night

Tony Awards night in

Radio City Music Hall James The
in 2019 2016 Hamilton
Corden Humans

Tony 2017
Kevin Dear Evan Oslo
Spacey Hansen
Awards Host: TBD
2020 When: Sunday, Sara
Harry Potter
June 7, 2020 8/7c 2018 The Band’s and the
Where: Radio & Josh Visit Cursed Child,
Groban Parts 1 & 2
City Music Hall

James The
2019 Corden Hadestown Ferryman

1947 1949 1956 1967 1967 1968 1978

The American Theatre The American Network TV The silver medallion was CBS began carrying
The trophy for TV coverage of the
Wing established the Theatre Wing formed coverage of the mounted on a black the Tony Awards on
the awards ceremony began locally
awards program to a partnership with awards ceremony pedestal to create the its network, and has
ceremony was in New York City
celebrate excellence in The Broadway began award still used today broadcasted it
theatre League ever since

sources:, Cara Siliakus

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