2nd Tony Awards
DateMarch 28, 1948
LocationWaldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York City, New York
Hosted byHarry Hershfield, Bert Lytell and Hiram Sherman
Television/radio coverage
NetworkWOR (radio),
Mutual Network (radio)

The 2nd Tony Awards were held on March 28, 1948, at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom in New York City, and broadcast on radio station WOR and the Mutual Network. The Masters of Ceremonies were Harry Hershfield, Bert Lytell, and Hiram Sherman. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, or more commonly, the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live Broadway productions and performances, plus several non-competitive Special Awards (such as the Regional Theatre Award). They are presented by the American Theatre Wing and the League of American Theatres and Producers at an annual ceremony in New York City.


The award for the women was a gold bracelet, with a disc inscribed with the actress' initials and the name of the prize, and the men received a gold bill clip, similarly inscribed.[1]

Performers and performances were: High Button Shoes (Nanette Fabray, Helen Gallagher, and Donald Saddler), Make Mine Manhattan (Kyle MacDonnell and Joshua Shelley), Look Ma I'm Dancin'! (Virginia Gorski and Don Liberto), Forest Bonshire, Jack Carter, Stan Fisher, Lisa Kirk, Kathryn Lee, Jack McCauley, Lucy Monroe, Ferruccio Tagliavini and Pia Tassinari (of the Metropolitan Opera), Maggie Teyte (City Center Opera).[2][1]

Winners and nominees

Source:Tony Awards[3]

Note: There were no pre-announced Tony nominees prior to 1956


Award Winner
Best Play Mister Roberts by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan – Producer Leland Hayward
Outstanding Foreign Company The cast of The Importance of Being Earnest


Award Winner
Actor-Play Henry Fonda (Mister Roberts)
Paul Kelly (Command Decision)
Basil Rathbone (The Heiress)
Actress-Play Judith Anderson (Medea)
Katharine Cornell (Antony and Cleopatra)
Jessica Tandy (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Actor-Musical Paul Hartman (Angel in the Wings)
Actress-Musical Grace Hartman (Angel in the Wings)
Newcomer June Lockhart (For Love or Money)
James Whitmore (Command Decision)


Award Winner (s)
Director Joshua Logan (Mister Roberts)
Costume Designer Mary Percy Schenck (The Heiress)
Choreographer Jerome Robbins (High Button Shoes)
Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director Milton Rosenstock (Finian's Rainbow)
Tony Award for Best Scenic Design Horace Armistead (The Medium)
Tony Award for Best Stage Technician George Gebhardt

Special Awards

Award Winner (s)
Progressive Theatre Operators Robert W. Dowling, president of City Investing Company, owner of several theatres in New York
Paul Beisman, operator of the American Theatre, St. Louis
Spreading Theatre To The Country While The Originals Perform In New York Mary Martin (Annie Get Your Gun)
Joe E. Brown (Harvey)
Contribution To Development Of Regional Theatre Barter Theatre, Virginia, Robert Porterfield
Contribution To Theatre Through A Publication Theatre Arts, Rosamund Gilder, editor
Distinguished Wing Volunteer Worker Through The War And After Vera Allen
Experiment In Theatre The Experimental Theatre, Inc., John Garfield accepting
Special Award George Pierce, for twenty-five years of courteous and efficient service as a backstage doorman (Empire Theatre)

Multiple nominations and awards

The following productions received multiple awards.


  1. ^ a b "Tony Awards official site, Ceremonies, 1948". tonyawards.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Calta, Louis. The New York Times, March 17, 1948, p. 10
  3. ^ Tony Awards History 1948 tonyawards.com