9th Tony Awards
DateMarch 27, 1955
LocationPlaza Hotel
New York City, New York
Hosted byFrank Sinatra
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNBC Radio Network
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The 9th Annual Tony Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing, took place at the Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom on March 27, 1955.[1] It was broadcast on radio by the National Broadcasting Company. The presenter was Helen Hayes[1] and music was composed and presented by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.

Award winners

Sources: Infoplease[2] BroadwayWorld[3]


Award Winner
Best Play The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes. Produced by Howard Erskine and Joseph Hayes.
Best Musical The Pajama Game. Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Produced by Frederick Brisson, Robert Griffith, and Harold Prince.


Award Winner
Best Actor in Play Alfred Lunt, Quadrille
Best Actress in a Play Nancy Kelly, The Bad Seed
Best Actor in a Musical Walter Slezak, Fanny
Best Actress in a Musical Mary Martin, Peter Pan
Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Play Francis L. Sullivan, Witness for the Prosecution
Best Supporting or Featured Actress in a Play Patricia Jessel, Witness for the Prosecution
Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical Cyril Ritchard, Peter Pan
Best Supporting or Featured Actress in a Musical Carol Haney, The Pajama Game


Award Winner
Director-Play Robert Montgomery, The Desperate Hours
Choreographer Bob Fosse, The Pajama Game
Scenic Designer Oliver Messell, House of Flowers
Costume Designer Cecil Beaton, Quadrille
Best Conductor and Musical Director Thomas Schippers, The Saint of Bleecker Street
Tony Award for Best Stage Technician Richard Rodda, Peter Pan

Special award

Multiple nominations and awards

The following productions received multiple awards.


  1. ^ a b Gelb, Arthur. " 'The Desperate Hours' Receives Perry Award: Hayes Drama Chosen Best Play--Musical Prize to 'Pajama'", The New York Times, March 28, 1955, p.24
  2. ^ "1955 Tony Awards" infoplease.com, accessed June 21, 2012
  3. ^ "1955 Tony Award Winners" Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine broadwayworld.com, accessed May 28, 2016