Tony Award is the award giving body which recognizes the Broadway theater musical plays. It is an annual ceremony held in New York City.
Tony Awards is one of the prestigious award-giving body in the field of musical plays, for it is considered the highest US theatre honor.
If Oscar Awards is for the motion picture and Grammys is for the music award, Tony’s is for the excellence made in theatrical performances. It is also the equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Awards in London and the Moliere Awards in France.
It was founded in 1947 by the American Theatre Wing which was headed by Brock Pemberton. Tony Awards was named after Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer, and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing. Perry died in 1946.
The first award ceremony was held in Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was in 1949, the third awarding ceremony that the official Tony Medallion was awarded to winners of the awards.
The 2017 Tony Awards is upcoming this Sunday. Again the organizers were all excited and busy for the awards night.
One of the nominees for the Best Musical is the one where Josh Groban played his first Broadway Musical. Not to mention that “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” have gathered 12 nominations.
People tagged this as one of the best since “Hamilton.” It is a musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”
“Phantom of the Opera” is still is the longest running musical on Broadway. Despite its staying power on Broadway Musicals, Phantom is not set for any Tony Awards. They just lived up to maintain their performance in more years to come.
“In Transit,” paved goodbye last April. It’s quite sad though, but the musical has released an all-acapella album. It is also the first-ever all acapella musical ever staged on Broadway.
It starred American Idol first runner-up, Justin Guarini. The musical is light-hearted and depicts the daily transit in New York subway. So it gives you the idea of traveling 42 hours a year from point A to point B, which is quite a long time, you’re not here and you’re not there either, so you are in between, what happens to you during that time? That’s what “In Transit” is all about.
Cagney and Bronx Tale are also one of the nominees. Cagney has already put the curtains down but is said to have a limited engagement in Los Angeles for quite some time before it returns to NYC for its Broadway run.
Keep your fingers crossed for who will be this year’s Tony Awardee for the Best Musical Play.
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