The Tony Awards 2020 guide

All of Broadway has its eyes on the 2020 Tony Awards, wondering which musicals, plays and revivals will win

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The highest-profile race at the Tony Awards each year is the competition to be crowned the season's best Broadway musical. But that's just one of the prizes up for grabs at the Tony Awards, where Broadway shows are recognized for outstanding acting, writing, direction and design. Which productions will follow in the footsteps of recent winners HamiltonDear Evan HansenThe Band's Visit and Hadestown? With our guide to Tony Awards, you can revisit stellar moments from the history of the Tonys, find our coverage of this year's races and get prepped to watch the 2020 Tony Awards broadcast, whenever it may be: Originally scheduled to be held on June 7, the 2020 have been postponed, and a later date has not yet been announced.

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 traditionally runs from approximately early May to late April, but in 2020 it was cut short on March 12.

When are the Tony Awards?

The 74th Annual Tony Awards had been scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2020. On March 25, the awards announced that they would be postponed and rescheduled for a later date. On August 21, the Tonys committed themselves to a virtual ceremony in the fall at a date to be announced. 

Why have the 2020 Tony Awards been postponed?

The closing of all Broadway theaters on March 12 has changed the 2019–20 Broadway season dramatically. The Tony Awards organization is currently in the process of deciding how to proceed in light of these unprecedented circumstances.

What do we know yet about the 2020 Tony Awards?

There are still many outstanding questions about the 2020 awards, and you can read more about them here

Where are the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards are usually held at Radio City Music Hall (1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St) and televised live on CBS at 8pm ET. In 2020, the eventg will be held digitally.

When are the 2020 Tony nominations announced?

The Tonys nominating committee met to vote on this year’s nominations on Tuesday, October 13. The nominations were announced by actor James Monroe Iglehart on the Tony Awards YouTube channel at noon on Thursday, October 15.  

Who hosts the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards usually have a different host every year, though some popular performers (including Angela Lansbury, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris) have hosted multiple times. Last year's Tony Awards telecast was hosted by James Corden, who won a 2012 Tony Award for One Man, Two Guvnors.

How do I get tickets to the Tony Awards?

Tickets to the 74th Annual Tony Awards are not currently being offered to the general public. If the event is rescheduled, a limited number of tickets may be available closer to the via the Tony Awards website and on the resale market, but this year's ceremony is very likely to be entirely virtual.

What categories are in the Tony Awards?

Tony Awards traditionally 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. In 2020, the category of Best Revival of a Musical had no eligible candidates.

Tony Awards coverage

Five big takeaways from the 2020 Tony Award nominations
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Five big takeaways from the 2020 Tony Award nominations

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The 2020 Tony Award nominations have been announced
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The 2020 Tony Award nominations have been announced

A complete list of the 2020 Tony Award nominees

The final rules for the 2020 Tonys have been announced
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The final rules for the 2020 Tonys have been announced

What the rulings mean for this year's contest

Nine burning questions about the 2020 Tony Awards
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Nine burning questions about the 2020 Tony Awards

Everything you need to know about what we don't know yet

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The 2020 Tony Awards have been postponed
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The 2020 Tony Awards have been postponed

No future date has yet been announced.

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Full list of 2019 Tony Awards winners

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The 30 best Tony Awards performances
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The 30 best Tony Awards performances

The best Tony numbers of all time, ranked and updated

Complete 2019 Tony Award predictions
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Complete 2019 Tony Award predictions

Our picks in all 26 Tony categories

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Bob Mackie on his dazzling costumes for The Cher Show

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