The Tony Awards guide

All of Broadway has its eyes on the Tony Awards nominees, wondering which musicals, plays and revivals will win

Tony Awards

The highest-profile race at the Tony Awards each year is the competition to be crowned the season's best Broadway musical, an honor accorded in the last two years to Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. But Best Musical is just one of the prizes up for grabs at the Tony Awards, where Broadway shows are recognized for outstanding acting, writing, direction and design. A number of strong contenders have opened this season, continuing what may be a new Golden Age on Broadway. With our guide to Tony Awards, you can revisit stellar moments from the history of the Tonys, find our choices and predictions for this year's races and get prepped to watch the awards broadcast on June 10.

What are the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards, a.k.a. the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, recognize achievement in Broadway theater. Only plays and musicals produced in one of the 41 officially recognized Broadway venues are eligible for Tony Awards. The awards are co-presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League in New York City. The Tony Award season runs from approximately early May to late April.

When are the Tony Awards?

The 72th Annual Tony Awards are on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Where are the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall (1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St) and televised live on CBS at 8pm EST.

Who hosts the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards usually have a different host every year, though some popular performers (including Angela Lansbury, Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris) have hosted multiple times. The 2018 Tony Awards will be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.

How do I get tickets to the Tony Awards?

Tickets to the 72th Annual Tony Awards are not currently being offered to the general public. A limited number of tickets to the Tony Awards may be available starting May 1, 2018, via the Tony Awards website and on the resale market.

What categories are in the Tony Awards?

Tony Awards go to winners in 26 categories:

Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival of a Play, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Director of a Play, Best Director 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 Featured Actor in a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, 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 Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical. A number of Special Tony Awards may also be awarded each year. 

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