4th Tony Awards
DateApril 9, 1950
LocationWaldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York City, New York
Hosted byHumphrey Bogart
Television/radio coverage
Mutual Network
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The 4th Annual Tony Awards were held on April 9, 1950, at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom in New York City, and broadcast on radio station WOR and the Mutual Network. The host was James Sauter.


Presenters were Helen Hayes (president of the American Theatre Wing) and Mrs. Martin Beck (chairman of the board), with a special presentation by Eleanor Roosevelt.[1]

Performers were Yvonne Adair, Rod Alexander, John Conte, Richard Eastham, Adolph Green, Georges Guétary, Bambi Linn, Allyn McLerie, Lucy Monroe, Danny Scholl, Herb Shriner, William Tabbert, William Warfield, Lou Wills Jr., Julie Wilson, and Martha Wright.

Award winners

Source:The New York Times[1]

Note: nominees are not shown


Award Winner
Best Play The Cocktail Party by T. S. Eliot. Produced by Gilbert Miller
Best Musical South Pacific Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan. Produced by Leland Hayward, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan and Richard Rodgers.
Tony Award for Producers (Musical) South Pacific Produced by Leland Hayward, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan and Richard Rodgers.


Award Winner
Actor-Play Sidney Blackmer, Come Back, Little Sheba
Actress-Play Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba
Actor-Musical Ezio Pinza, South Pacific
Actress-Musical Mary Martin, South Pacific
Tony Award for Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical) Myron McCormick, South Pacific
Tony Award for Actress, Supporting or Featured (Musical) Juanita Hall, South Pacific


Award Winner
Best Director Joshua Logan, South Pacific
Choreographer Helen Tamiris, Touch and Go
Tony Award for Libretto Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, South Pacific
Tony Award for Score Richard Rodgers, South Pacific
Costume Designer Aline Bernstein, Regina
Scenic Designer Jo Mielziner, The Innocents
Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director Maurice Abravanel, Regina

Special awards

Multiple nominations and awards

The following productions received multiple awards.


  1. ^ a b "8 Perry Awards Go To 'South Pacific': Hit Musical Sweeps the Field --T.S. Eliot's 'Cocktail Party' Captures 'Tony' Honored for Libretto Evans Gets Citation", The New York Times, April 10, 1950, p.27