The Tony Awards "celebrate excellence in theater". Named after the late, Antoinette Perry, the woman who held the American Theater Wing together during wartime, the Tony Awards originated in 1947. The first awards were held in April of that year at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.
Over the years, the award ceremony has moved around New York City and it has become larger and larger. In 1967, The League of New York Theatres, now known as The Broadway League, joined forces with the American Theater Wing to present the Tonys. This joint effort coincided with the first television broadcast of the Tony Awards.
The Beacon Theatre is the new home of the world televised awards. This approximately 3,000 seat theatre was once a vaudeville theater and recently hosted Bill Clinton's 60th Birthday Celebration. The award presentation lasts for three hours and is enjoyed by millions of people.
Each year in May the award nominees are announced by the American Theatre Wing. This year is no exception. The list of nominees is out for the awards that will be presented on Sunday, June 12th. The nominees are in the following categories:
To see which of your favorite shows were nominated this year, you may go to: www.tonyawards.com
Tune in to CBS Television on Sunday, June 11, 2017 to see who wins and catch some great Broadway performances, too.