10th Tony Awards
DateApril 1, 1956
LocationPlaza Hotel
New York City
Hosted byJack Carter
Television/radio coverage
NetworkDuMont Television Network
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The 10th Annual Tony Awards took place at the Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom on April 1, 1956. The Master of Ceremonies was Jack Carter.

Ceremony

The presenter was Helen Hayes, who was President of the American Theatre Wing, and several of the nominees. Jack Carter was host for the first part of the ceremony, and Helen Hayes hosted the second part. More than 500 people attended the dinner dance. [1]

For the first time, the ceremony was broadcast on television, on the DuMont Channel 5 in New York City, in an effort to create "wider public interest in Broadway's most important award-giving ceremony". Also for the first time, the nominees were announced ahead of the ceremony.[2]

Music for the dinner dance was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.

Winners and nominees

Sources:Infoplease;[3] BroadwayWorld[4]

Best Play Best 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 Director Best Choreography
Best Scenic Design Best Costume Design
Best Conductor and Musical Director Best Stage Technician

Special awards

Multiple nominations and awards

References

  1. ^ Zolotow, Sam. "Theatre Wing's 'Tony' Awards Presented at Dinner Here: 'Damn Yankees' and 'Anne Frank' Cited as Top Offerings Producing Trio Scores Again Other Award Winners", The New York Times, April 2, 1956, p. 20
  2. ^ Gelb, Arthur. "Popularizing the 'Tony' Awards", The New York Times, April 1, 1956, p.93
  3. ^ "1956 Tony Awards (Winners)" infoplease.com, accessed June 22, 2012
  4. ^ "1956 Tony Award Winners" Archived 2016-07-01 at the Wayback Machine, broadwayworld.com, accessed May 28, 2016