Posts tagged ‘live theater’

August 18, 2012

An Overview of the Tony Awards, By Aziza Kendrick

Every year, the Tony Awards recognize the best achievements in live theater. The Awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an accomplished actress, director, and producer who passed away shortly before the first annual celebration. Though newly introduced, the Tony Awards were eagerly and quickly embraced by the theater community and more than 1,000 people attended the first ceremony in 1947. The Awards are always hosted in New York City, the home of Broadway, and have been held in many of the city’s most prestigious venues, including the Plaza, the Waldorf Astoria, and the Astor.

Any legitimate theatrical production opened before the established annual cutoff date is eligible for recognition by the Tonys, provided it was presented in an eligible Broadway theater. In addition, a show is only eligible for a Tony during its first season.

About the Author:
Aziza Kendrick is a huge fan of Broadway and supports many arts organizations, including the Society for Performing Arts, Da Camera, and the Houston Ballet. In her professional life, Kendrick is a Legal Assistant at Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas in Houston.