Awards are given for excellence in theatre. It was named after a
beautiful actress, Antoinette Perry. It has been given since 1947;
about 60 years! Directors and producers make plays hoping to excell
and receive a Tony Award. It isn't just the directors or producers
receive an award. Anybody working
to help make the project a success can win an award such as the
actors, actresses, costume designers, light crew, ensemble, ANYBODY!
There are many categories that require different talents such as:
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Revival of a Play
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Special Theatrical Event
Best Performance by a Lead Actor
Best Performance by a Lead Actress
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Direction of a Play
Best Direction of a Musical
In earlier years of this ceremony, these awards were given in plaza hotels.
Now the Tony Awards are a little more fancy. With the red carpet, theatre and
excellent shiny awards, the celebration is a lot more elaborate! Today we also
can experience the excitement of these awards without even going to the ceremony,
for it's on television!
now we can watch it in full length and not just the one-hour ceremony like
it used to be.