8th Tony Awards
DateMarch 28, 1954
LocationPlaza Hotel
New York City, New York
Hosted byJames Sauter
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC Radio Network
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The 8th Annual Tony Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing, took place at the Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom on March 28, 1954. It was broadcast on radio by the NBC Radio Network. The Master of Ceremonies was James Sauter and the presenter was Helen Hayes. Performers were Frances Greer, Lucy Monroe, Russell Nype, Joseph Scandur, and Jean Swetland. Music was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.[1]

Award winners



Award Winner
Outstanding Play The Teahouse of the August Moon by John Patrick. Produced by Maurice Evans and George Schaefer.
Outstanding Musical Kismet. Book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, music by Alexander Borodin, adapted and with lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. Produced by Charles Lederer.


Award Winner
Distinguished Dramatic Actor David Wayne, The Teahouse of the August Moon
Distinguished Dramatic Actress Audrey Hepburn, Ondine
Distinguished Musical Actor Alfred Drake, Kismet
Distinguished Musical Actress Dolores Gray, Carnival in Flanders
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor John Kerr, Tea and Sympathy
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actress Jo Van Fleet, The Trip to Bountiful
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actor Harry Belafonte, John Murray Anderson's Almanac
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actress Gwen Verdon, Can-Can


Award Winner
Outstanding Director Alfred Lunt, Ondine
Outstanding Choreographer Michael Kidd, Can-Can
Scenic Designer Peter Larkin, Ondine and The Teahouse of the August Moon
Costume Designer Richard Whorf, Ondine
Best Conductor Louis Adrian, Kismet
Best Stage Technician John Davis, Picnic, for constant good work as a theatre electrician.

Multiple nominations and awards

The following productions received multiple awards.


  1. ^ "Audrey Hepburn Wins Stage 'Tony': Gets Perry Award as Best Dramatic Actress". The New York Times, March 29, 1954, p.23
  2. ^ "1954 Tony Awards (winners)" infoplease.com, accessed June 22, 2012