|1st Tony Awards|
|Date||April 6, 1947|
New York City, New York
|Hosted by||Brock Pemberton|
Mutual Network (radio)
The First Tony Awards, more formally known as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, were held on April 6, 1947, in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Presented by the American Theatre Wing, the Awards celebrated "outstanding contributions to the current American theatre season." According to The New York Times, these awards "do not designate their recipients as 'best' or 'first' but the classifications in which they are given will be elastic from year to year." The ceremony, hosted by Brock Pemberton, was broadcast on radio station WOR and the Mutual Network.
The awards got their nickname, "Tonys", during the ceremony itself when Pemberton handed out an award and called it a "Toni", referring to the nickname of Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.
Musicals represented at the ceremony were Street Scene, Brigadoon and Finian's Rainbow. Oklahoma! and Carousel could not be nominated because, while although still playing their original runs at the time of the awards, they had opened too soon to qualify for the awards (Oklahoma! had opened in 1943, and Carousel in 1945).
Note: nominees are not shown
|Actors-Play||José Ferrer in Cyrano de Bergerac|
Fredric March in Years Ago
|Actresses-Play||Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Lorraine|
Helen Hayes in Happy Birthday
|Supporting or Featured Actress-Play||Patricia Neal in Another Part of the Forest|
|Supporting or Featured Actor-Musical||David Wayne in Finian's Rainbow|
|Director||Elia Kazan for All My Sons|
|Costume Designer||Lucinda Ballard for Happy Birthday, Another Part of the Forest, Street Scene, John Loves Mary, The Chocolate Soldier|
|Choreographers||Agnes de Mille for Brigadoon|
Michael Kidd for Finian's Rainbow
|Composer||Kurt Weill, Street Scene|
Source: The New York Times
The following productions received multiple awards.