Like the Grammys are to music and the Oscars are to films, the Tony Awards are to Broadway. The Tony Awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. Watched by nearly 8 million people every year, the Tony Awards celebrate excellence in theatre. The 2019 Tony Awards are going to be hosted by James Corden, and held at Radio City Music Hall.
The official eligibility cut-off date changes every year. The Tony Awards Administration Committee decides on the nominations, following which, over 800 people are eligible to cast votes for winners. The Tony Award nominations were announced on April 30, 2019 . This year Hadestown received the highest number of nominations with 14 nominations, followed by Ain’t Too Proud with 12, and Tootsie with 11. The plays To Kill a Mockingbird and The Ferryman have received 9 nominations each.
Even being nominated for a Tony Award is a huge deal, as shows start getting a lot of public interest, helping increase revenue. Previous Tony Award winners for Best Musical include The Band's Visit, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots and Hamilton. Previous Tony Award winners for Best Play include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two), Red, War Horse and The Humans. To know how rewarding a Tony award can be, check out our infographic.
Tony Awards 2019 Nominees
There are 26 categories in the Tonys, of which 8 are performance-based, and the rest are technical or show-based. There are also a couple of special awards, given out to honour those who have made their mark in American theatre.
The Tony Award for the Best Musical is one of the most prestigious awards for Broadway musicals. It is the last award presented at the ceremony, and is given to the producers of the winning musical.
The Tony Award for the Best Play celebrates live Broadway plays. The award typically goes to the producers and author of the play.
Best Revival of a Musical
- Kiss Me, Kate
- Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Best Revival of a Play
- Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
Tony Awards 2019: Non-competitive Award Winners
Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Special Tony Awards
Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company
Jason Michael Webb
Regional Theatre Tony Award
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Broadway Inspirational Voices - Michael McElroy, Founder
FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9
Joseph Blakely Forbes
Some of the Tony Award nominees are still playing at theatres. As public interest in these shows increases, it may get a little difficult to purchase tickets. But fret not, check out our Broadway collection for last-minute tickets at cheap prices.