Exceptional Tony Awards

Antoinette Perry Awards of Theatre Excellence is informally known as the Tony Rewards that recognizes live Broadway theatre achievements. In 1947 the awards started with only 11 award categories that increased to 24 in 2014. The Tony Awards are equivalent to the Grammy Awards for the music industry. Since 1967 the ceremony has been broadcasted on television. The Tony Award consists of a mid of brass and bronze designed by Herman Rosse.

Play productions that won the most Tony Awards ever received by a single production was the musical called the Producers in 2001, in total this play won 12 awards including the Best Play Award. The most Tony Awards ever received by a non-musical play was The Coast of Utopia in 2007, which won 7 awards including Best Play. The most nominated musical play was The Scottsboro Boys in 2011, nominated for 12 Tony Awards but did not win any.


Three production, which was all musical have won all 6 the big awards in their categories. In 1950 the awards went to South Pacific, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street won in 1979 and Hairspray won in 2003. All three these musicals won Best Musical, Best Book, Best Performance by Leading Actor, best Direction and Best Performance by a Leading Actress.

Only one production won all four of the acting rewards in a single year and that was the South Pacific in the 1950 awards. Only 4 musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical, which is when a person had written the book and the score. In 1958 The Music Man won the Meredith Wilson award for Book and Score, in 1986 The Mystery of Edwin Drood won and in 1996 Rent won and The Book of Mormon won in 2011.

Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design was won in 1972 by Follies, in 1986 The Phantom of the Opera won and The Lion King took the award in 1998. The Producer won in 2001 and The Light in the Piazza took the award home in 2005. In 2007 The Coast of Utopia won the award and in 2008 the revival of South Pacific was the first to sweep up the expanded 4 awards for Creative Arts, Peter and the Starcatcher was the first straight play to grab the expanded four Creative Arts awards in 2012.

Only 5 performers have been nominated for all 4 performance awards. The 1st performer to be nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play was Boyd Gaines in The Heidi Chronical, Best Actor in a musical fro She Loves Me, Best featured Actor in a Musical for the play Contact in 2000 and Gypsy a 2008 show and Best Actor in a play in The Heidi Chronicles in 1989. Gaines was the winner in 3 of the categories and only missed for the Journey’s End. The other performers who was nominated for four categories was Raúl Esparza who was nominated in all four but had no wins. Angela Lansbury was also nominated for all 4, Jan Maxwell was the 4th performer to achieve this distinction and the 5th performer to accomplish the feat was Audra McDonald.

Death of a Salesman in 2012 by Arthur Miller was the first show to win 4 years in a row as the Best Production. The most Tony Awards ever to be received by an individual was Harold Price who won 21, followed by Audra McDonald with 6 and Julie Harris who also won 6.