The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The two organizations have jointly administered the Tonys since 1967, the year of the first Tony telecast.
The Tony Awards Management Committee is made up of representatives of the League and the Wing. It oversees the Tony Awards, with emphasis on the television broadcast.
Wilam Ivey Long
Charlotte St. Martin
The Tony Awards Administration Committee is comprised of 24 members, of whom 10 are designated by the Wing, 10 by the League, and one each by the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. This committee determines egibity for nominations in all awards categories and reviews the rules governing the awards. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.
David Henry Hwang
Jo Sullivan Loesser
William Ivey Long
James L. Nederlander
Judith O. Rubin
Charlotte St. Martin
Jeffrey Eric Jenkins
As of 4/23/2015
Artistic Director, The Vineyard TheatreArin Arbus
Associate Artistic Director, Theatre for a New AudienceIra Bernstein
Former producer/general manager/stage manager/casting directorSusan Birkenhead
Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable FoundationMary Schmidt Campbell
Dean, Tisch School of the Arts at New York UniversityVeronica Claypool
Arts Management Consultant, Full Circle Management Group/former general managerPaul Cremo
Dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program, The Metropolitan OperaJohn Darnton
Former Cultural Editor, The New York TimesJacqueline Z. Davis
Executive Director, The NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln CenterRick Elice
Lighting designerKent Gash
Director/Founding Director, NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on BroadwayLiza Gennaro
Former Executive Director, Friends of the High LineWendall K. Harrington
Projection designer/lecturerPhilip Himberg
Artistic Director, Sundance Institute Theatre ProgramJack Hofsiss
Theatre/film/television directorJulie Hughes
Former casting directorStephen Karam
Senior Editor, The Atlantic MagazineDick Latessa
Cultural Assets Management Principal, Bloomberg AssociatesReynold Levy
Former President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Documentary film producer/television writerPatricia Marx
American humorist and writer/former television writerJim McLaughlin
Former Producer, CBS News/TV feature and documentary producerRoger Morgan
Lighting designer/theatre designerKatherine Oliver
Media and Technology Principal, Bloomberg AssociatesChristian Parker
Chair, Columbia University MFA Theatre ProgramRavi S. Rajan
Dean, School of the Arts – SUNY PurchaseNigel Redden
General Director, Spoleto Festival USA/Director, Lincoln Center FestivalArlene Shuler
President & CEO, New York City CenterLinda Shelton
Executive Director, Joyce Theater FoundationWynn Thomas
Production designerRobin Wagner
Scenic designerPreston Whiteway
Executive Director, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
"The 2015 Tony Awards" Broadcast on CBS
Executive Producers: White Cherry Entertainment, Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss
Chairman, American Theatre WingHeather A. Hitchens
President & CEO, American Theatre Wing
Chairman, The Broadway LeagueCharlotte St. Martin
Executive Director, The Broadway League
Tony Awards Business and Operations Manager
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The Broadway League Manager, Tony Awards Administration
Director of Marketing
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Tony Awards Press Representative
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Director, Tony Awards Sponsorship
Leslie Dock, The Broadway League
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The rules and regulations that govern the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® are established by the Tony Awards Administration Committee, which is comprised of representatives appointed by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League, the two organizations that jointly administer the Tony Awards. The committee also includes representatives of Actors' Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild, United Scenic Artists, and SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Though they have represented the pinnacle of theatrical excellence since their inception, the Tony Awards have evolved over the years. In particular, the number of categories and their designations have changed. For example, although the awards were established in 1947, there was no Tony for Best Play until the following year when Mister Roberts by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan was honored. Similarly, the first Best Musical award had to wait two years to make its debut. Kiss Me, Katewas the first musical to receive that award, in 1949.
For the 2014-2015 season, there are 24 competitive categories of Tony Awards:
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Revival of a Play
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Best Direction of a Musical
In addition to competitive awards, the Tony Awards Administration Committee may bestow several varieties of special honors on deserving individuals or institutions.
– Each year since 1976, the Tonys have recognized the achievements of resident theatre companies across the U. S. This award goes to a not-for-profit producing organization in or outside of New York City, based on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association.Special Tony Award
– recognizes extraordinary contribution to the theatreSpecial Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
– honors an individual for the body of his or her work.The Isabelle Stevenson Award
– salutes volunteerism.Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
– recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations that do not fit into any of the competitive categories.
The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University also present the Excellence in Theatre Education Award to a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S.
Bernadette Peters, recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award on June 10, 2012
The Tony Awards Nominating Committee is a rotating group of up to 50 theatre professionals selected by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. Nominators serve for overlapping three-year terms. They are asked to see every new Broadway production and then meet each year shortly after the Tony eligibility deadline. They determine the nominations based on secret ballots supervised by an accounting firm. The results are announced early the following morning.
When the Tony Awards were established in 1947, voting was limited to members of the boards of the American Theatre Wing and entertainment industry performer and craft unions. In 1954, voting eligibility was expanded to include other theatre professionals.
Today there are approximately 868 eligible voters, a number that fluctuates slightly from year to year. These include voting members of The Broadway League and the board of directors and designated members of the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing, along with members of the governing boards of Actors' Equity Association; the Dramatists Guild; SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; United Scenic Artists; and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. Other eligible voters include members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America, the New York Drama Critics' Circle, the board/council of the National Association of Talent Representatives, and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.
Voters are expected to attend all nominated productions; or at least to refrain from voting in any category in which they have not seen all of the nominees.
Voting by secret ballot takes place in the weeks before the June awards ceremony. Strict precautions are taken to assure that no one, save a limited number of representatives from the accounting firm that manages the voting, knows the name of the winners until they are announced on the Tony telecast.
Ties occur from time to time. For example in 2009, Billy Elliot, the Musical and Next to Normal shared top honors in the Best Orchestrations category.
You can get a HD video of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Tony Awards telecasts on iTunes or Amazon (including individual musical numbers) here . To watch highlights of past years' telecasts check out the multi-volume "Broadway's Lost Treasures" compilation, available on DVD, which contains classic moments from Tony broadcasts. "Broadway's Lost Treasures" is available from Amazon.com.
The 2015 Tony Nominations Announcement, presented by IBM, will take place on April 28 in a live webcast on TonyAwards.com.
The 69th Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 7, 2015, at Radio City Music Hall. The event will be broadcast on CBS live at 8/7c (delayed PT).
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Legitimate theatrical productions may be eligible for Tony Awards if they officially open on or before the cut-off date established by the Tony Awards Administration Committee (in 2015, that date is April 23) in an eligible Broadway theatre and comply with all the rules and regulations that govern the Tony Awards for the season. A show is only eligible in the season when it first opens, no matter how long it subsequently runs on Broadway.
No. Only Broadway productions that open in designated Broadway theatres in Manhattan are eligible for Tonys.
Tony voters include voting members of The Broadway League and the board of directors and designated members of the advisory committee of the American Theatre Wing, along with members of the governing boards of Actors' Equity Association; the Dramatists Guild; SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; United Scenic Artists; and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. Other eligible voters include members of the Theatrical Council of the Casting Society of America and members of the New York Drama Critics Circle and the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. More info...
The Nominating Committee is made up of a rotating group of approximately 50 theatre professionals who serve for overlapping three-year terms. Committee members are asked to see every new Broadway show. The committee votes on the nominations, which are announced in the spring, about six weeks before the awards.
How is the award for regional theatre determined?
Each spring the Tony Awards Administration Committee selects the institution that will receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award based on a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association. The Regional Theatre Tony Award is accompanied by a grant of $25,000.
The rules for the Tony Awards are available for download on the Rules and Regulations page of this site.
The Tony Awards are named for Antoinette Perry (1888-1946), an actress, stage director and philanthropist who was a founder of the American Theatre Wing. She staged the original production of Mary Chase's comedy Harvey. The American Theatre Wing's website contains more information about Antoinette Perry and the history of the Tonys.
The Tony Awards are presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of two organizations: the The Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theatre industry; and the American Theatre Wing, a not-for-profit service organization for both the theatre community and the community at large.
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The Tony Award stands eight inches tall and weighs one pound, 10 ounces. It is a circular medallion mounted on an armature, which is in turn affixed to a base.
The Tony Awards medallion dates to 1949, the third year of the awards. Designed by Herman Rosse, it is a silver disk depicting the masks of comedy and tragedy on one side and the winner's name, the award category, the production, and the year on the reverse.
Yes. All nominees receive certificates.