19 Top Poses for Showing Off Your Tony Award

Cyndi Lauper - The Faint
Cyndi Lauper with her 2013 Tony Award® for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre for Kinky Boots. Photo by: Jemal Countess - Getty Images
By Marielle Young

Think you have what it takes to win a Tony Award®?

More important: If you do ever earn Broadway's highest honor, how will you show it off?

On Tony night, tons of photographers will be waiting to snap your picture showing off your spinning silver medallion. Start planning now to select your favorite pose with your new trophy by getting inspiration from these recent Tony winners. Then tune in to this year’s Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7th at 8/7c on CBS to see how the 2015 winners show off their medallions.

1. The Smooch

Billy Porter

Billy Porter "Lola"-lip-locked with his 2013 Tony Award, earned for his performance in Kinky Boots.

2. The Cuddle

Lena Hall

Nikki M. James totally embraced her new identity as a Tony Award-winner in 2011. She was honored for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for The Book of Mormon.

3. Jazz Hands

James Corden

Late Late Show host James Corden, a 2012 Tony winner for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors, may have been inspired by Bob Fosse.

4. The Classic

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster, thoroughly classy in 2011 with her Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Anything Goes.

5. The "Peace Out!"

Norbert Leo Butz

Catch him if you can! Norbert Leo Butz peaces out in 2011 with his Tony Award in the press room.

6. On the Shoulder

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris showed off his sugar-daddy-blue nail polish at the 2014 Tony Awards, where he won for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

7. The Single-handed Smile


Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston balanced his Tony Award on one hand before an interview at last year’s ceremony. "When you can feel an audience and affect emotional change in them – it's like a drug and you have to get it. It's as strong as blue crystal meth." He won for his portrayal of President LBJ in All the Way.

8. The Twosome

Viola Davis and Denzel Washington

Pals and co-stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington both won Tony Awards for their performances in Fences in 2010.

9. The Jump for Joy

Gabriel Ebert

The vertically inclined Gabriel Ebert leapt above the step-and-repeat in 2013 after winning a Tony Award for his portrayal of Mr. Wormwood in Matilda The Musical.

10. The Hat Tip

Mark Rylance

On Broadway men still wear hats. Mark Rylance looked dapper in the press room following the 2011 Tony Awards, where he won for his performance in Jerusalem.

11. The "Over the Top"

Lena Hall

Lena Hall remained true to her inner rock star at the 2014 Tony Awards. She won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

12. The Faint

Cyndi Lauper

"Everybody Say Yeah" for Cyndi Lauper’s dramatic couch pose in the 2013 Paramount Hotel Winners’ Room! She won for creating the Best Original Score of Kinky Boots.

13. The Side Clutch

Patina Miller

She had parts to perform and hearts to warm. Patina Miller held her 2013 Tony Award for Pippin close to her heart.

14. The Surprise

James Monroe Iglehart

Gasp! James Monroe Iglehart magically replaced his genie lamp with a Tony Award in 2014. He won for his performance in Aladdin.

15. The "Over the Shoulder"

Judith Light

Judith Light looked divine all in white with her 2013 Tony Award for her performance in The Assembled Parties.

16. The Close-Up

Andrea Martin

A radiant Andrea Martin got ready for her close-up in the Paramount Hotel Winners’ Room at the 2013 Tony Awards. She won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, for her portrayal of Berthe in Pippin.

17. The Group Shot

The Book of Mormon

Hello! Hello! Hello! The Book of Mormon creators and producers posed together for the group shot at the 2011 Tony Awards, shortly after the show won Best Musical.

18. The Victory Strut

Kenny Leon

Kenny Leon did a strut for the cameras with his gold sneakers and silver Tony Award in 2014. He won for Best Direction of a Play for A Raisin in the Sun.

19. The Six-Pack

Audra McDonald

In 2014, it was Audra McDonald for the win (again). She took a break backstage surrounded by a half-dozen Tony Awards after she won for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. That was Audra's Tony win #6.

To find out who wins this year, tune in to the American Theatre Wing's 69th annual Tony Awards ceremony, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7th at 8/7c, only on CBS. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Revised Tuesday, 09 May, 2017