On September 23, the 65th Annual Tony Awards telecast (2011) was honored with an Emmy Award -- its fourth of the year -- for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special. The award was accepted by Glenn Weiss. This was not Mr. Weiss's first time honored for directing the Tonys: He won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2003 for the 56th Annual Tony Awards. He is also the Emmy-winning Executive Producer of the Tony telecast, together with Ricky Kirshner.
The 2011 Tony Awards telecast had previously won three Emmy Awards. Those categories, which were included in the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony held a week prior, were as follows:
Outstanding Special Class Program
Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer; Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer and Neil Patrick Harris, Host/Producer
Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming
Steve Bass, Production Designer
Seth Easter, Art Director
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Song Title: “It's Not Just For Gays Anymore”
Music by Adam Schlesinger
Lyrics by David Javerbaum
The 2011 Tony telecast was also nominated in the Best Writing for a Variety Special (Dave Boone, with special material by Paul Greenberg).
The Tony Awards has received a total of 12 Emmy Awards to date. In addition to the four Emmys for the 65th annual Tony Awards, the Tonys have been honored by the Emmys in pervious years as follows:
The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Award, which was founded by the American Theatre Wing in 1947, is bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast – the night America watches Broadway – is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television. The Tonys are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
Check back for info on the 2013 Tony Awards later this year.Revised September 28, 2012