Tony Awards



  • Awards given annually for excellence in the American theater (primarily, but no longer exclusively, the Broadway theater). They were instituted in 1947 as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Exellence in Theatre, Mrs Perry being the chair and secretary of the American Theatre Wing, which presents the awards. The Tonys are regarded as the stage equivalent of the film industry's Oscars and an award (or nomination) can make a huge difference to the commercial fortunes of a show. Awards are currently given in 26 main categories and three special categories.