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Encyclopedia > Tony Award for Best Play

What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. (Mary) Antoinette Perry (1888 – 1946), actress, director, and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, was born in Denver, Colorado on June 27, 1888. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle — indeed... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... This article is about the state. ...


There was no trophy in the Tony's first year. All My Sons has often been incorrectly categorized as the Best Play of 1947, but in reality it won the Best Author award courtesy of Arthur Miller. The following year Mister Roberts was hailed as the Tony's first Best Play. Authors and the producers are presented with the award. All My Sons is the name of a 1947 play by Arthur Miller. ... Mister Roberts is a novel, a Tony Award–winning play, and a 1955 Academy Award–nominated film. ...

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Awards and nominations

1940s

1948
Mister Roberts
1949
Death of a Salesman

Mister Roberts is a novel, a Tony Award–winning play, and a 1955 Academy Award–nominated film. ... For other uses, see Death of a Salesman (disambiguation). ...

1950s

1950
The Cocktail Party
1951
The Rose Tattoo
1952
The Fourposter
1953
The Crucible
1954
The Teahouse of the August Moon
1955
The Desperate Hours
1956
The Diary of Anne Frank
1957
Long Day's Journey Into Night
1958
Sunrise at Campobello
1959
J.B.

The Cocktail Party, a play written by T.S. Eliot was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1949. ... The Rose Tattoo is a Tennessee Williams play. ... Publicity photo for the Broadway production of The Four Poster with, from left to right, director José Ferrer, stars Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, and playwright Jan de Hartog The Fourposter is a play by Jan de Hartog. ... For the 1996 film, see The Crucible (1996 film). ... The Teahouse of the August Moon is a 1956 motion picture comedy satirising the US occupation of Japan following the end of World War II. John Patrick adapted the screenplay from his own Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Broadway play of 1953. ... The Desperate Hours is a 1955 play by Joseph Hayes, based on his 1954 thriller novel of the same title. ... The Diary of Anne Frank is a stage adaptation of the diary of Anne Frank, published under the title The Diary of a Young Girl. ... Bus Stop is a 1955 play by William Inge. ... This article is about the play. ... The Trojan war will not take place (original title: La guerre de Troie naura pas lieu) is a play by French dramatist Jean Giraudoux, written in 1935. ... The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold is: A 1955 Broadway play produced by Irene M. Selznick. ... Long Days Journey Into Night is a dramatic play in four acts by Eugene ONeill, widely considered to be his masterwork. ... Separate Tables is the collective name of two one-act plays written by Sir Terence Rattigan, both taking place in the Beauregard Private Hotel, Bournemouth, a seaside town on the south coast of England. ... The Potting Shed is a play by Graham Greene. ... The Waltz of the Toreadors is a play by Jean Anouilh. ... Sunrise at Campobello is a Tony Award-winning stage play by American producer and writer Dore Schary based on U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelts struggle with polio. ... Two for the seesaw is a 1960s romatic drama about the ups and downs of love, between a lonely early middle aged nebraskan lawyer transplanted to New York after his break up with his college sweet heart, who he still loves, and a flighty needy (though she doesnt... Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a 1960 film with Shirley Winters. ... Look Back in Anger (1956) is a John Osborne play and 1958 movie about a love triangle involving an intelligent but disaffected young man (Jimmy Porter), his upper-middle-class, impassive wife (Alison), and her snooty best friend (Helena Charles). ... Look Homeward, Angel is Thomas Wolfes first novel. ... Romanoff and Juliet is a play by Peter Ustinov. ... I CAN BLOW!!! J.B. is a play in verse written by Archibald MacLeish and published in 1958. ... A Touch of the Poet is a 1942 play by Eugene ONeill. ... Poster for the 2005 production of Epitaph for George Dillon Epitaph for George Dillon is an early John Osborne play, one of two he wrote in collaboration with Anthony Creighton (the other is Personal Enemy). ... The Visit is the title of various English translations of Friedrich Dürrenmatts play Der Besuch der alten Dame (literally, The Visit of the Old Lady). It is probably the most well-known of his work, at least in the English-speaking world. ...

1960s

1960
The Miracle Worker
1961
Becket
1962
A Man for All Seasons
1963
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1964
Luther
1965
The Subject Was Roses
1966
Marat/Sade
  • Inadmissible Evidence
  • Philadelphia, Here I Come!
  • The Right Honourable Gentleman
1967
The Homecoming
1968
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
1969
The Great White Hope

For the 1961 film, see A Raisin in the Sun (film). ... The Tenth Man (1985) is a short novel by British author Graham Greene. ... Toys in the Attic is a 1963 film starring Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Wendy Hiller and Gene Tierney. ... Becket or the Honor of God is a Tony Award-winning play written in French by Jean Anouilh. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Hostage is a 1958 play by Brendan Behan, set in a very odd house of ill-repute somewhere in Dublin. ... This article is about the play. ... The Caretaker is a play by the Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, first published in 1959. ... The Casa Iguana hotel in Mismaloya The Night of the Iguana is a play by Tennessee Williams about American tourists in Mexico. ... For the 1966 film adaptation, see Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (film) Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. ... A Thousand Clowns is a 1965 film which tells the story of a young boy who lives with his eccentric uncle, who is forced to conform to society in order to keep custody of the boy. ... Mother Courage and Her Children (German: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder) was a play written in 1939 by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956) with significant contributions from his mistress at the time, Margarete Steffin. ... Tchin-Tchin is a 1962 play on Broadway starring Margaret Leighton and Anthony Quinn. ... Luther (1961) is a play by John Osborne that explored the forces that were involved in the life of the famous reformer. ... The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is a 1991 Merchant Ivory film, produced by Ismail Merchant and directed by Simon Callow, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine. ... Barefoot in the Park is a 1963 Tony-nominated comedy play by Neil Simon, about a young couple and their odd neighbors in their small apartment building in Greenwich Village, New York. ... The Subject Was Roses is a 1968 film which tells the story of a young soldier who comes home to find that his parents marriage is on the verge of collapse. ... Luv is a play by Murray Schisgal. ... Walter Matthau and Art Carney in the 1965 Broadway production The Odd Couple was a hit 1965 Broadway play by Neil Simon, followed by a successful film and television series, as well as other derivative works and spinoffs, many featuring one or more of the same actors. ... Tiny Alice, a three act play written by Edward Albee, premiered on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theatre on December 29, 1964. ... The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, published in 1963, is a play by Peter Weiss, directed both on stage and screen by Peter Brook. ... The Homecoming is a play by Harold Pinter, first published in 1965. ... A Delicate Balance is a play by Edward Albee was first produced in New York at the Martin Beck Theatre on September 12, 1966, and was revived at the Plymouth Theatre on April 21, 1996. ... This article is about the tone of comedy. ... The Killing of Sister George is a 1964 play by Frank Marcus. ... This article is about the play. ... A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is a 1967 play by British playwright Peter Nichols. ... Based on the play by Neil Simon, Plaza Suite is a 1971 movie starring Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris, and Lee Grant. ... The Price aired as episode #156 in the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation first broadcast on November 13, 1989. ... The Great White Hope is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning play written by Howard Sackler and first produced by Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 1967 that was the basis for the 1970 film of the same name. ... Lovers is a 1967 play written by Northern Irish playwright Brian Friel. ... DVD cover for the film The Man in the Glass Booth is a 1975 film adaptation of the novel and stage play by Robert Shaw (uncredited) about a Jewish man who is accused of being a Nazi war criminal. ...

1970s

1970
Borstal Boy
1971
Sleuth
1972
Sticks and Bones
1973
That Championship Season
1974
The River Niger
  • In the Boom Boom Room
  • The Au Pair Man
  • Ulysses in Nighttown
1975
Equus
1976
Travesties
  • The First Breeze of Summer
  • Knock Knock
  • Lamppost Reunion
1977
The Shadow Box
1978
Da
1979
The Elephant Man

Borstal Boy (1958) was an autobiographical story by Irish nationalist Brendan Behan, recouting his imprisonment at Hollesley Bay for attempting to carry explosives into Great Britain, on a mission for the Irish Republican Army. ... Childs Play is a stage play written by Robert Marasco. ... James Coco and Doris Roberts in the original Broadway production The Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a play by Neil Simon. ... Sleuth was a Tony Award-winning mystery play by British playwright Anthony Shaffer. ... Home is a play by David Storey. ... The Philanthropist is a quarterly academic journal devoted to the law, management and accounting issues facing charitable and not-for-profit organizations. ... Sticks and Bones is a Tony Award-winning play by David Rabe. ... One of Harold Pinters most popular plays, Old Times was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London on June 1, 1971. ... The Prisoner of Second Avenue is an American comedic (somewhat of a black comedy) play that ran on Broadway from November 1971 until September 1973. ... Vivat! Vivat Regina! is a Tony nominated play written by Robert Bolt. ... That Championship Season was only the second full-length play written by playwright Jason Miller and was by far his most successful. ... A 1974 film starring Alan Bates, based on the play of the same name by Simon Gray. ... Poster for the 1972 Royal Court Theatre production The Changing Room is a play by David Storey. ... The Sunshine Boys is a comic play by Neil Simon. ... In the Boom Boom Room (sometimes referred to simply as Boom Boom Room) is a Tony nominated play by David Rabe. ... Ulysses in Nighttown is an episode from the Novel Ulysses by James Joyce that was turned into a very successful theatrical even by Tomas MacAnna the theatre director and presented originally on the Peacock Stage at Dublins Abbey Theatre. ... Cover of 1993 Longman edition of Equus. ... Same Time, Next Year is a play by Bernard Slade which tells the story of a couple, married to others, who develop a relationship in which they meet each year at a country inn and spend a weekend together. ... Seascape is a play by the US playwright Edward Albee. ... For the Curtis Mayfield soundtrack album from the 1977 film of the play see Short Eyes (album) Short Eyes is a theatre drama written in 1972 by playwright Miguel Piñero. ... Poster for the 2007 Royal National Theatre production Sizwe Banzi is Dead is a play from 1972 written by the writer Athol Fugard in collaboration with the actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona. ... Poster for the 2000 Royal National Theatre production The Island is a play by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona. ... The National Health is a play by Peter Nichols. ... Travesties is a comedic play by Tom Stoppard, first produced in 1975. ... Woody Woodpecker first appeared in the film Knock Knock on November 25, 1940. ... The Shadow Box is a Tony-winning play written by actor Michael Cristofer. ... For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf is a 1975 stageplay by Ntozake Shange. ... Otherwise Engaged is a bleakly comic play by Britains Simon Gray. ... Streamers is a 1983 film by Robert Altman. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chapter Two is a 1979 film which tells the story of a man whose first wifes death interferes with his starting a new relationship. ... Ira Levin (born August 27, 1929 in New York) is an American author of fiction thriller novels and is also a playwright and songwriter. ... The Gin Game is a two-person, two-act play by D.L. Coburn. ... The Elephant Man is a Tony Award-winning play by Bernard Pomerance and produced by Richmond Crinkley and Nelle Nugent among others. ... Bedroom Farce is a 1975 comedic play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. ... Whose Life Is It Anyway? was originally written for television by Brian Clark in 1972. ... Wings is a 1978 play by American playwright Arthur Kopit. ...

1980s

1980
Children of a Lesser God
1981
Amadeus
1982
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
1983
Torch Song Trilogy
1984
The Real Thing
1985
Biloxi Blues
1986
I'm Not Rappaport
1987
Fences
1988
M. Butterfly
1989
The Heidi Chronicles

1981 Playbill Children of a Lesser God is a play written by Mark Medoff. ... Poster for the Royal National Theatre production of Bent Bent is a 1979 play (which starred Ian McKellen in its original West-End production, Richard Gere in its original Broadway production) by Martin Sherman that was adapted into a 1997 movie by director Sean Mathias. ... Home is a play by David Storey. ... Talleys Folly is a 1979 play by American playwright Lanford Wilson. ... Playbill, 1981 For other uses, see Amadeus (disambiguation). ... Artificial life, also known as alife or a-life, is the study of life through the use of human-made analogs of living systems. ... Fifth of July is a 1979 play by American playwright Lanford Wilson. ... Crimes of the Heart is a 1986 film which tells the story of three estranged sisters who reunite at the family home in Mississippi. ... The Dresser is a 1983 film which tells the story of an aging actors personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charges life together. ... Master Harold. ... Torch Song Trilogy is a collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein, running in New York City from June 10, 1982, to May 19, 1985 at the Little Theatre (now the Helen Hayes Theatre on West 44th Street). ... ... The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard, first performed in 1982. ... This article is about the play by David Mamet. ... Noises Off is a 1982 British play by Michael Frayn. ... Biloxi Blues, a play by Neil Simon, is the second in what is known as Simons Eugene Trilogy, the first being Brighton Beach Memoirs, and the third being Broadway Bound. ... Hurlyburly (1984) is a play written by David Rabe. ... Ma Raineys Black Bottom is a 1982 play; one of a ten-play cycle by August Wilson that chronicles 20th Century African American experience. ... Im Not Rappaport is a movie about two old men on a bench experiencing everyday life in central park and the challenges that senior life brings, avoiding their worriful children, and staying out of a rest home. ... This article is about the knot. ... The House of Blue Leaves is a play by John Guare. ... Fences is a play published in 1985 by African-American playwright August Wilson. ... Broadway Bound is a play by Neil Simon. ... Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a famous French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782. ... M. Butterfly is a 1988 play by David Henry Hwang, which deals with themes about cultural stereotypes of East vs West (see Orientalism), and is loosely based on the real life relationship between Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu. ... A Walk in the Woods is a 1988 play by Lee Blessing. ... Joe Turners Come and Gone is a play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson. ... Speed-the-Plow (1988) is an acclaimed play by David Mamet which is a satirical dissection of the American movie business, a theme Mamet would revisit in his later films Wag the Dog (1997) and State and Main (2000). ... The Heidi Chronicles (1988) is an award-winning play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein. ... Lend Me a Tenor is a play by Ken Ludwig. ... Shirley Valentine is a play by Willy Russell, first staged in 1986. ...

1990s

1990
The Grapes of Wrath
1991
Lost in Yonkers
1992
Dancing at Lughnasa
1993
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
1994
Angels in America: Perestroika
1995
Love! Valour! Compassion!
1996
Master Class
1997
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
1998
'Art'
1999
Side Man

The Grapes of Wrath is a play by Frank Galati with incidental music by Michael Smith. ... Lettice and Lovage is a comedic play by Peter Schaffer, author of Equus and Amadeus. ... Prelude to a Kiss is the title of a play by Craig Lucas, and also of the 1992 film based on the play. ... August Wilsons The Piano Lesson was the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, and concerned a brother and a sister arguing about whether or not they should sell their family piano. ... Image used on the Playbill for Lost in Yonkers Lost in Yonkers is a play by Neil Simon that opened on Broadway in 1991. ... Our Countrys Good is a play written in 1988 by British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally. ... Shadowlands is a play, TV drama and film written by William Nicholson. ... Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 film based on the John Guare play, starring Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Will Smith. ... Dancing at Lughnasa (see also Lughnasa, the ancient pagan ritual) is a play by Brian Friel set in Irelands County Donegal in August 1936. ... Two Trains Running is a play in two acts by American playwright August Wilson. ... The Sisters Rosensweig is a play by Wendy Wasserstein. ... Someone Wholl Watch Over Me, is a theatrical production by Irish dramatist Frank McGuinness. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Kentucky Cycle is a series of nine one act plays by Robert Schenkkan that tell the story of several generations of the Rowan Family. ... Love! Valour! Compassion! is a 1995 play by Terrence McNally following the summer of a group of gay men and their family and friends at a summer home in New York. ... Arcadia is a play by Tom Stoppard which first opened at the Royal National Theatre in London on 13 April 1993 and has played at many theatres since. ... Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years is a 1999 television movie that tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African American women who were authors and civil rights pioneers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Buried Child is a play by Sam Shepard that won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and launched Shepard to national fame as a playwright. ... Racing Demon is a 1990 play by British playwright David Hare. ... Seven Guitars is a 1995 Play written by noted American playwright August Wilson. ... The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a two act play written by Alfred Uhry. ... Skylight is a play by British dramatist David Hare. ... Stanley is a Tony-nominated play written by Pam Gems in 1996. ... A play by Horton Foote. ... Art (the quotation marks are part of the title) is a play by Yasmina Reza that was originally written in French. ... Golden Child (now known as Goldinchild) and KJ-52 formed a short-lived band known as Sons of Intellect, and though it didnt last KJ-52 moved on to be a famous (but controversial) Christian rap artist, and Golden Child made an appearance on two of KJ-52s... The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a drama by Martin McDonagh. ... Side Man is a play by Warren Leight. ... Closer is the second play written by Patrick Marber. ... Book cover The Lonesome West is a play by contemporary Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, part of his Connemara trilogy, which includes The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Skull in Connemara. ... Not about Nightingales is a play by Tennessee Williams that was written in 1938 for the Group Theatre in New York City but was rejected and remained unproduced until 1998. ...

2000s

2000
Copenhagen
2001
Proof
2002
Edward Albee's The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia?
2003
Take Me Out
2004
I Am My Own Wife
2005
Doubt
2006
The History Boys
2007
The Coast of Utopia
2008
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The 1st Tony Awards were held on April 6, 1947 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. ... The 21st Annual Tony Awards was the ceremonys inaugural broadcast on network television. ... The 40th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS television on June 1, 1986 from the Minskoff Theatre. ... The 41st Annual Tony Awards (1987) was broadcast by CBS television on June 7, 1987 from the Mark Hellinger Theatre. ... The 42nd Tony Awards were hosted by Angela Lansbury and broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, June 5, 1988, from the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City. ... The 50th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from the Majestic Theatre on June 2, 1996. ... The 51st Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 1, 1997; Launching the Tonys was telecast on PBS television . ... The 52nd Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 1998; a documentaries segment was telecast on PBS television . ... The 53rd Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from the Gershwin Theatre on June 6, 1999; The First Ten awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television. ... The 54th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 4, 2000; The First Ten awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television. ... The 55th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 3, 2001; The First Ten awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television . ... The 56th Annual Tony Awards (2002) was broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 2, 2002; The First Ten awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television . ... The 57th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS television from Radio City Music Hall on June 3, 2003. ... The 58th Annual Tony Awards were held June 6, 2004 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on CBS television. ... The 59th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS television from Radio City Music Hall on June 5, 2005. ... The 60th Annual Tony Awards took place at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2006. ... The 61st Annual Antoinette Perry Tony Awards, celebrating Broadways best, took place on June 10, 2007, at Radio City Music Hall. ...

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Tony Award - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1309 words)
Awarded by a panel of approximately 700 judges from various areas of the entertainment industry and press, it is generally regarded as the theatre's equivalent to the Oscars (which are awarded for excellence in film arts), the Grammys (excellence in musical performance), and the Emmys (excellence in television arts).
The award was founded in 1947 by a committee of theatrical producers headed by Brock Pemberton, but not until the third awards ceremony in 1949 was the first Tony medallion actually given to award winners.
The award ceremony is broadcast on television, and includes songs from the nominated musicals, as well as video clips of or presentations about nominated plays.
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