60th Tony Awards
Official poster for the 60th annual Tony Awards
DateJune 11, 2006
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Hosted bynone
Most awardsThe History Boys (6)
Most nominationsThe Drowsy Chaperone (13)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership7.7 million[1]
Produced byRicky Kirshner
Glenn Weiss
Directed byGlenn Weiss
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The 60th Annual Tony Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2006. The award ceremony was broadcast live on the CBS television network in the United States. The 2006 Tony Awards did not feature a host, but instead over 60 stars presented awards at the ceremony.[2]

The biggest winner of the night was the Royal National Theatre production The History Boys by British playwright Alan Bennett winning six Tonys out of seven nominations, including Best Play, Best Direction, Best Leading Actor and Best Featured Actress.

Natasha Richardson, Phylicia Rashad and Liev Schreiber announced the nominations on May 16, 2006.[3]

The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American theatre and are presented by the American Theatre Wing and the League of American Theatres and Producers (now called The Broadway League) at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are for Broadway productions and performances plus several non-competitive Special Awards (such as the Regional Theatre Award).


Shows that opened on Broadway during the 2005–06 season before May 11, 2006 are eligible.

The ceremony

Harry Connick Jr. opened the show singing three popular songs from three Broadway musicals. Connick, (who was heavily medicated to be able to perform, because of a ruptured disc in his spine,[4]), was also a nominee and a performer with the cast of The Pajama Game. All of the sixty presenters and co-hosts joined the stage during the third song. Connick performed "Tonight" (from West Side Story), "Give My Regards to Broadway" (from Little Johnny Jones), and "There's No Business Like Show Business" (from Annie Get Your Gun).[5]


New Musicals



Source: tonyawards.com[5]

New category

Beginning with the 2006 awards, an additional category was added on a trial basis for the 2005–2006, 2006–2007 and 2007–2008 seasons: Best Recreation of a Leading Role by an Actor/Actress. This category was intended to honor actors and actresses who were cast as replacements and joined a long-running show after its official opening, and would not have otherwise had the chance to be recognized for a potentially Tony-worthy performance. This award may or may not have been given in any particular year.[7] Shows were to submit replacements they deemed worthy of consideration and a twenty-four-member committee, The Tony Awards Administration Committee, were to attend the shows and evaluate the performances.

No award was given in 2006, because neither of the two performers nominated, Jonathan Pryce and Harvey Fierstein, received the necessary sixteen votes for a win.[8]

Following the 2006 Tony Awards, the Administration Committee voted unanimously to abandon the category.[9]


Winners and nominees

Sources:Playbill[11]New York Times[12]

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 of a Play Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography Best Orchestrations

Special awards

Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ Porter, Rick (June 13, 2010). "Tony Awards Ratings History". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 16, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Awards Will Go Hostless; 60 Stars to Present at 2006 Ceremony" Playbill, May 23, 2006
  3. ^ Nominations TheatreMania.com, May 2006
  4. ^ From FindArticles.com
  5. ^ a b "Ceremonies" Archived 2007-02-15 at the Wayback Machine tonyawards.com
  6. ^ a b c d Gans, Andrew."Tony Presenters to Receive Gift Basket and Entrance to Gift Lounge" Archived 2007-04-20 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 1, 2006
  7. ^ Pesner, Ben. "A New Tony Award Category", tonyawards.com, retrieved June 7, 2010
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Committee Abolishes Recreated Role Tony Award" Archived 2012-10-15 at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, June 23, 2006
  9. ^ Lipton, Brian Scott. "Best Recreation of a Role Tony Award Is Officially Eliminated" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, theatermania.com, June 27, 2006
  10. ^ Playbill News: 2005-2006 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'Drowsy' Leads Pack With 13 Noms" Archived January 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, May 16, 2006
  11. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth. " 'History Boys' Is Best Play, 'Jersey Boys' Best Musical in 2006 Tony Awards" Archived 2012-10-09 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 11, 2006
  12. ^ Robertson, Campbell. "It's 'Jersey Boys' and 'History Boys' at the Tony Awards" The New York Times, June 12, 2006