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!

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 73rd Annual Tony Awards was held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall and the cut-off date for eligibility for this year's awards was Thursday, April 25, 2019.

On March 19, 2019, it was confirmed that Tony and 7-time Emmy Award winner James Corden would return to host the 2019 ceremony (having previously earned wide acclaim for his hosting duties in 2016).


James Corden
(Photo by Jason Bell/CBS)

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 TemptationsBeetlejuiceThe Cher ShowChoir BoyHadestownKiss Me, KateOklahoma!The Prom and Tootsie.

In addition, the following stars all made special appearances during The 73rd Annual Tony Awards ceremony: Sara BareillesLaura 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’HaraBen Platt, Billy Porter, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Rannells, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Michael Shannon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marisa Tomei, Samira Wiley and BeBe Winans.

And the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards was co-hosted by Moulin Rouge! The Musical stars Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein.

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".


"CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, Brandon Victor Dixon & Bebe Neuwirth
(Photo by Tom Millward)

The 2019 Tony Award winners (and nominees) by category were:

BEST PLAY

Choir Boy - Author: Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Ferryman - Author: Jez Butterworth - WINNER!!!
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - Author: Taylor Mac
Ink - Author: James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me - Author: Heidi Schreck


BEST MUSICAL

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Beetlejuice
Hadestown - WINNER!!!
The Prom
Tootsie


BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY

Arthur Miller's All My Sons
The Boys in the Band - Author: Mart Crowley - WINNER!!!
Lanford WIlson's Burn This
Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song
The Waverly Gallery - Author: Kenneth Lonergan


BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

Kiss Me, Kate
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! - WINNER!!!


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 - WINNER!!!


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 - WINNER!!!
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

Paddy Considine, The Ferryman
Bryan CranstonNetwork - WINNER!!!
Jeff DanielsTo Kill a Mockingbird
Adam DriverBurn This
Jeremy Pope, Choir Boy


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY

Annette BeningArthur Miller's All My Sons
Laura Donnelly, The Ferryman
Elaine MayThe Waverly Gallery - WINNER!!!
Janet McTeerBernhardt/Hamlet
Laurie MetcalfHillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Derrick Baskin, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
Alex BrightmanBeetlejuice
Damon Daunno, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Santino FontanaTootsie - WINNER!!!


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Stephanie J. BlockThe Cher Show - WINNER!!!
Caitlin Kinnunen, The Prom
Beth Leavel, The Prom
Eva Noblezada, Hadestown
Kelli O'HaraKiss Me, Kate


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Bertie CarvelInk - WINNER!!!
Robin De Jesús, The Boys in the Band
Gideon Glick, To Kill a Mockingbird
Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This
Benjamin WalkerArthur Miller's All My Sons


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Fionnula Flanagan, The Ferryman
Celia Keenan-BolgerTo Kill a Mockingbird - WINNER!!!
Kristine Nielsen, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Julie White, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ruth WilsonKing Lear


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

André De ShieldsHadestown - WINNER!!!
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

Lilli Cooper, Tootsie
Amber Gray, Hadestown
Sarah Stiles, Tootsie
Ali StrokerRodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! - WINNER!!!
Mary Testa, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!


BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Rupert Goold, Ink
Sam MendesThe Ferryman - WINNER!!!
Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird
Ivo van Hove, Network
George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus


BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Rachel ChavkinHadestown - WINNER!!!
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


BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
David Neumann, Hadestown
Sergio TrujilloAin't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations - WINNER!!!


BEST ORCHESTRATIONS

Michael Chorney and Todd SickafooseHadestown - WINNER!!!
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

Miriam Buether, To Kill a Mockingbird
Bunny Christie, Ink
Rob HowellThe Ferryman - WINNER!!!
Santo Loquasto, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Jan Versweyveld, Network


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 HauckHadestown - WINNER!!!
Laura Jellinek, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
David Korins, Beetlejuice


BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A PLAY

Rob HowellThe Ferryman - WINNER!!!
Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Clint Ramos, Torch Song
Ann Roth, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ann Roth, To Kill a Mockingbird


BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF A MUSICAL

Michael Krass, Hadestown
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bob MackieThe Cher Show - WINNER!!!
Paul Tazewell, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations


BEST LIGHTING DESIGN OF A PLAY

Neil AustinInk - WINNER!!!
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Peter Mumford, The Ferryman
Jennifer Tipton, To Kill a Mockingbird
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, Network


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 KingHadestown - WINNER!!!
Peter Mumford, King Kong
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice


BEST SOUND DESIGN OF A PLAY

Adam Cork, Ink
Scott Lehrer, To Kill a Mockingbird
Fitz PattonChoir Boy - WINNER!!!
Nick Powell, The Ferryman
Eric Sleichim, Network


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 PazHadestown - WINNER!!!


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.


Terrence McNally, Rosemary Harris & Harold Wheeler
(Rosemary Harris photo by Joan Marcus)

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.


Judith Light

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.


Marrin Mazzie & King Kong
(Marin Mazzie photo by Paul Kolnik / King Kong photo by Matthew Murphy)

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.