Broadway lovers have had to be extraordinarily patient over the endless months of COVID, but that patience will be rewarded on Sunday (Sept. 26) with a four-hour block of Tony-related programming.
The 74th annual Tony Awards will stream on Paramount+ at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) — more than 15 months after they were originally scheduled to air on June 7, 2020. Broadway legend Audra McDonald is set to host. Then at 9 p.m. ET/PT, CBS will air The Tony Awards Present Broadway’s Back!, a celebration of Broadway music. Leslie Odom Jr. will host.
The CBS special will include performances from the three current Tony nominees for best musical: Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. It will also include the live presentation of three Tony Awards: best musical, best play and best revival of a play. (There was no revival of a musical category this year, due to insufficient entries.)
To get you primed for this four-hour block of Broadway bliss, here’s a list of 25 Tony Awards record-holders.
Production with the most nominations: Hamilton: An American Musical (2016) — 16. It went on to win 11 awards.
Production with the most awards: The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical (2001) — 12.
Musical that has won the most awards, counting all of its Broadway productions: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific — 17. The original 1949 production won 10 Tonys. The 2008 revival won seven. (Bonus facts: The original is the only show in Broadway history to sweep all four acting categories. The 2008 production won more Tonys than any other musical revival in history.)
Musicals with the most nominations that were shut out on Tony night: The Scottsboro Boys (2011) and Mean Girls (2018). Both shows went 0-12.
Most wins in one night by an individual: Trey Parker for The Book of Mormon (2011). Parker won for best book of a musical, best score, best direction and (as under the name Important Musicals LLC, a company he headed with his partner, Matt Stone) best musical.
Only best musical winners where one person single-handedly wrote the book, music and lyrics: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1986, Rupert Holmes), Rent (1996, Jonathan Larson), Hamilton: An American Musical (2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda), Hadestown (2019, Anaïs Mitchell)
First show to win as best musical where the book, music and lyrics were all written by women: Fun Home (2015). Lisa Kron wrote the book and lyrics. Jeanine Tesori composed the music.
Only tie for best musical: The Sound of Music and Fiorello! (1960). The Sound of Music is far more famous today, but Fiorello! won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Best musical winner with the shortest Broadway run: Passion (1994), with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, closed after just 280 performances.
Only show to win best musical after closing: Hallelujah, Baby! (1968). The show, which starred Leslie Uggams, won the Tony on April 21. It had closed on Jan. 13.
Only shows that have won best revival of a musical twice: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I and Jerry Herman’s La Cage Aux Folles.
Performers with the most nominations: Chita Rivera and Julie Harris (10). In addition, both performers have won special awards for lifetime achievement.
Performer with the most awards won in competition: Audra McDonald (six). McDonald’s awards are split evenly between plays and musicals.
Most wins for best actress in a musical: Angela Lansbury (four). She won for Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Gypsy (1975) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979). Lansbury has also hosted more Tony telecasts than anyone else—five between 1968-89.
Youngest winner for best score: Lin-Manuel Miranda was just 28 when he won for In the Heights.
First African American performers to win best actress and best actor in a musical: Diahann Carroll in No Strings (1962) and Cleavon Little in Purlie (1970), respectively.
First Asian performer to win best actress in a musical: Lea Salonga in Miss Saigon (1991). Salonga was born in the Philippines.
First actor to win best actor in a musical for playing a female character: Harvey Fierstein for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (2003).
First actor to win best actor in a musical for playing a transgender character: Neil Patrick Harris for playing Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014).
Most wins for best score: Stephen Sondheim (six). (The Tonys didn’t have a best score category in 1971, but Sondheim won both for best music and best lyrics for Company.) Most by a woman: Betty Comden (three).
Only tie for best score: John Kander and Fred Ebb for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Pete Townshend for The Who’s Tommy (1993).
Only posthumous winners for best score: T.S. Eliot for Cats (1983) and Jonathan Larson for Rent (1996). Eliot had died in 1965; Larson, earlier in 1996.
First woman to win best score without a male collaborator: Cyndi Lauper for Kinky Boots (2013).
Most wins for best direction of a musical: Harold Prince (eight). First woman to win in that category — Julie Taymor for The Lion King (1998).
Most wins for best choreography: Bob Fosse (eight). Most by a woman: Susan Stroman (four).