|56th Tony Awards|
Official poster for the 56th annual Tony Awards
|Date||June 2, 2002|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York|
|Hosted by||Bernadette Peters|
|Most awards||Thoroughly Modern Millie (6)|
|Most nominations||Thoroughly Modern Millie (11)|
|Produced by||Ricky Kirshner|
|Directed by||Glenn Weiss|
The 56th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall on June 2, 2002 and broadcast by CBS. "The First Ten" awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television. The event was co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines.
The show opened with a tribute to Richard Rodgers, featuring a medley of his songs performed by Marvin Hamlisch, Harry Connick Jr., Michele Lee, Mos Def, Lea Salonga, Peter Gallagher, John Raitt, Bernadette Peters, Gregory Hines, and the company of Oklahoma! A Broadway/New York song medley was performed by Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines.
Presentations from nominated musicals:
The First Ten awards were presented prior to the full ceremony and broadcast on PBS. The awards presented were: Best Direction of a Play, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Choreography, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design. There were also interviews and "rehearsal and performance clips from the nominated shows."
Winners are in bold
|Best Play||Best Musical|
|Best Revival of a Play||Best Revival of a Musical|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play||Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical||Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical||Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical|
|Best Book of a Musical||Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre|
|Best Scenic Design||Best Costume Design|
|Best Lighting Design||Best Orchestrations|
|Best Direction of a Play||Best Direction of a Musical|
|Best Choreography||Best Special Theatrical Event|
These productions had multiple nominations:
The following productions received multiple awards.