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Important Tony Award Winners

A lot goes into the production of shows and musicals on the stages of New York. The outcome of the hard work put in emerges when the productions are put on stage. These are the finest productions and incomparable to any in the world. For the actors, the directors, the writers, the choreographers, and a horde of others whose efforts go into the making of successful Broadway productions, to have won a Tony Award is to have reached the pinnacle of their professions.

The Awards

Commonly called the Tony Awards, the ‘Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theater’ recognizes achievements in live American theater. Antoinette Perry was an actress, director, producer, and the dynamic wartime leader of the American Theatre Wing.

This award, theater’s equivalent to the Oscars, was founded in 1947 by the American Theatre Wing, at the suggestion of a committee of theatrical producers. The first Tony awards debuted on April 6, 1947 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. That Easter Sunday, Vera Allen - Perry’s successor as chairwoman of the Wing - presided over an evening of dining, dancing, entertainment, and much more. The entertainment was provided by performers, which included Mickey Rooney, Herb Shriner, Ethel Waters, and David Wayne. The recipients of the First Tony Awards were:

David Wayne (Finian’s Rainbow) - Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical)

José Ferrer (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Fredric March (Years Ago) - Actors (Dramatic)

Patricia Neal (Another Part of the Forrest) - Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic)

Ingrid Bergman (Joan of Lorraine) and Helen Hayes (Happy Birthday) - Actresses (Dramatic)

Arthur Miller (All My Sons) – Author

Agnes de Mille (Brigadoon) and Michael Kidd (Finian’s Rainbow) – Choreographers

Kurt Weill (Street Scene) – Composer

Lucinda Ballard (Happy Birthday, Another Part of the Forest,

Street Scene, John Loves Mary, The Chocolate Soldier) – Costumes

Elia Kazan (All My Sons) – Director

David Folks (Henry VIII) – Scenic Designer

In 1947 and 1948, there were no official Tony Awards and the winners were presented with a scroll in addition to a cigarette lighter (for men) or a compact (for women). The first Tony medallion - designed by Herman Rosse, with the profile of Antoinette Perry on one side and the masks of comedy and tragedy on the other side - was warded in 1949, at the third awards ceremony. The award ceremony, which includes songs as well as video clips of the nominated plays, has been broadcast on national television since 1967. Today, the American Theatre Wing and the League of American Theaters and Producers, jointly administer and present these annual awards.

The Effect On Broadway Show Tickets In NYC

Over the years, performances and productions on the stages of Broadway have excelled, and audiences are keen to lay their hands on Broadway show tickets in NYC due to the increased attention and popularity of such events as the prestigious Tony Awards. Award shows and recognition for Off-Broadway shows has gained faithful audiences and is having a comeback as well.

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