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 2018 Tony Awards are going to be hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, and held at Radio City Music Hall.
The official eligibility cut-off date changes every year. For the 2017-18 season, the cut off date was April 26, 2018. 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 May 1 2018. This year, Mean Girls and Spongebob Squarepants have gotten the highest number of nominations - 12 each. Angels in America has broken a record - it is now the play with the highest number of nominations in Broadway history - with 11 nominations.
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 Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, and Dear Evan Hansen. Previous Tony Award winners for Best Play include Red, War Horse, The Humans, and Oslo. To know how rewarding a Tony award can be, check out our infographic.
Tony Awards 2018 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 winner was The Band's Visit.
The Tony Award for the Best Play celebrates live Broadway plays. The award typically goes to the producers and author of the play. The award was won by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 & 2) in 2018.
- The Children
- Farinelli & The King
- Latin History for Morons
Best Revival of a Musical
- My Fair Lady
Best Revival of a Play
Winner: Justin Peck, Carousel
You can find the rest of the Tony Award winners here.
Tony Awards 2018: Non-competitive Award Winners
Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Special Tony Awards
Regional Theatre Tony Award
La MaMa E.T.C., New York City
Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
Ernest Winzer Cleaners
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 Tony Award nominees collection for last-minute Broadway tickets at cheap prices.