5th Tony Awards
DateMarch 25, 1951
LocationWaldorf-Astoria Hotel
New York City, New York
Hosted byJames Sauter
Television/radio coverage
Mutual Network
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The 5th Annual Tony Awards were held on March 25, 1951, at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom and broadcast on radio station WOR and the Mutual Network. The Master of Ceremonies was James Sauter and the presenters were Mrs. Martin Beck and Ilka Chase.[1]

Performers: Barbara Ashley, Arthur Blake, Eugene Conley, Nancy Donovan, Joan Edwards, Dorothy Greener, Juanita Hall, Celeste Holm, Lois Hunt, Anne Jeffreys, Lucy Monroe, Herb Shriner.

Music was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.

Award winners


Nominees are not shown


Award Winner
Best Play The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams. Produced by Cheryl Crawford.
Best Musical Guys and Dolls. Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Produced by Cy Feuer and Ernest H. Martin.


Award Winner
Actor-Play Claude Rains, Darkness at Noon
Actress-Play Uta Hagen, The Country Girl
Actor-Musical Robert Alda, Guys and Dolls
Actress-Musical Ethel Merman, Call Me Madam
Tony Award for Actor, Supporting or Featured-Play Eli Wallach, The Rose Tattoo
Tony Award for Actor, Supporting or Featured-Musical Russell Nype, Call Me Madam
Tony Award for Actress, Supporting or Featured-Play Maureen Stapleton, The Rose Tattoo
Tony Award for Actress, Supporting or Featured-Musical Isabel Bigley, Guys and Dolls


Award Winner
Best Director George S. Kaufman, Guys and Dolls
Choreographer Michael Kidd, Guys and Dolls
Costume Designer Miles White, Bless You All
Scenic Designer Boris Aronson, The Rose Tattoo; The Country Girl; Season In The Sun
Tony Award for Outstanding Musical Score Irving Berlin, Call Me Madam
Tony Award for Best Conductor and Musical Director Lehman Engel, The Consul
Tony Award for Stage Technician Richard Raven, master electrician, The Autumn Garden

Special Award

Multiple nominations and awards

The following productions received multiple awards.


  1. ^ "DOLLS,' 'TATTOO' GET PERRY PRIZES; Hit Musical and Play Sweep 'Tonys' for Contributions to Current Drama Season Robert Alda Cited Special Plaque to Ruth Green". The New York Times. March 26, 1951.
  2. ^ 1951 Tony Awards" infoplease.com, accessed June 21, 2012