New York Theatre Guide at the Tony Awards
On this page you'll find all you need to know about Broadway's biggest night of the year - The Tony Awards!
The 2020 Tony Awards will take place on Sept. 26, 2021. Find out more about the 2020 Tony Awards here.
Founded in 1947 and named after Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, who had died the previous year, the Tonys honor the highest level of achievement in Broadway Theatre. Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the ceremony has been broadcast live on CBS since 1967.
The 74th Annual Tony Awards ceremony were originally scheduled to be held on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Radio City Music Hall, but has now been postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The cut-off date for eligibility for next year's awards was intended for Thursday, April 23, 2020, and the nominees were to be announced on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall. On March 19, 2019, it was confirmed that Tony and 7-time Emmy Award winner James Corden would return to host the 2019 ceremony, previously hosting in 2016.
Alongside a special performance by 2016 Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, who sang a touching rendition of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from Disney's The Lion King during the 'In Memoriam' section of the ceremony, the casts of no less than nine Broadway productions also performed during the 2019 ceremony. These included (in alphabetical order) Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations; Beetlejuice; The Cher Show; Choir Boy; Hadestown; Kiss Me, Kate; Oklahoma!; The Prom and Tootsie.
In addition, the following stars all made special appearances during The 73rd Annual Tony Awards ceremony: Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti, Abigail Breslin, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Danai Gurira, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Shirley Jones, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient Judith Light, Laura Linney, Lucy Liu, Aasif Mandvi, Audra McDonald, Sienna Miller, Catherine O’Hara, Tony Nominee Kelli O’Hara, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Rannells, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Michael Shannon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marisa Tomei, Samira Wiley and BeBe Winans.
The nominations for The 73rd Annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 8:30am (ET) by two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth and two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, which was broadcast live on "CBS This Morning".
The 2019 Tony Award winners (and nominees) by category were:
Choir Boy - Author: Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Ferryman - Author: Jez Butterworth
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - Author: Taylor Mac
Ink - Author: James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me - Author: Heidi Schreck
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations - Dominique Morisseau
Beetlejuice - Scott Brown & Anthony King
Hadestown - Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom - Bob Martin & Chad Beguelin
Tootsie - Robert Horn
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE
Be More Chill - Music & Lyrics: Joe Iconis
Beetlejuice - Music & Lyrics: Eddie Perfect
Hadestown - Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
The Prom - Music: Matthew Sklar, Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
To Kill a Mockingbird - Music: Adam Guettel
Tootsie - Music & Lyrics: David Yazbek
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
Annette Bening, Arthur Miller's All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Janet McTeer, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me
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
André De Shields, Hadestown
Andy Grotelueschen, Tootsie
Patrick Page, Hadestown
Jeremy Pope, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Ephraim Sykes, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Scott Ellis, Tootsie
Daniel Fish, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Des McAnuff, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Casey Nicholaw, The Prom
Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Sergio Trujillo, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown
Simon Hale, Tootsie
Larry Hochman, Kiss Me, Kate
Daniel Kluger, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Harold Wheeler, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Peter England, King Kong
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
David Korins, Beetlejuice
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Michael Krass, Hadestown
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Paul Tazewell, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Kevin Adams, The Cher Show
Howell Binkley, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Bradley King, Hadestown
Peter Mumford, King Kong
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY
BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A MUSICAL
Peter Hylenski, Beetlejuice
Peter Hylenski, King Kong
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Drew Levy, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown
As always, there were also be a number of Special Recognition awards presented at this year's ceremony. Here is a list of all the non-competitive categories and their respective recipients:
The Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre 2019 recipients were Tony Award-winning actress Rosemary Harris, four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, and six-time Tony-nominated composer and musician Harold Wheeler.
The 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award recipient was two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light, in recognition of her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.
Special Tony Awards recipients also included the late three-time Tony-nominated actress Marin Mazzie, for her outstanding contributions to the theatre and community, and Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company, who are the creators of the 20 feet tall, 2,000 pound puppet at the center of the Broadway premiere of King Kong.
Musical director and arranger Jason Michael Webb, who provided the glorious arrangements that were heard this season in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway premiere of Choir Boy, was also a 2019 Special Tony Award recipient.
The 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award went to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, who also received a grant of $25,000, and the 2019 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre went to Broadway Inspirational Voices (founded by Michael McElroy), Peter Entin, retired Vice President of Theatre Operations for the Shubert Organization, Joseph Blakely Forbes, Founder and President of Scenic Art Studios, Inc. and FDNY - Engine 54 / Ladder 4 / Battalion 9.