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top hatIt's one night only, but what a night!

The chance for the top Broadway shows to strut their stuff before the world and be rewarded for once-in-a-lifetime live performances.

This year, theater lovers will take a seat as the curtain goes up at the 72nd annual 2018 Tony Awards, televised live on Sunday, June 10, 2018 on CBS beginning at 8PM ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

This year, 2018 Tony nominees were announced on May 1, 2018 on CBS This Morning, Facebook and at at 8:30AM ET / 5:30AM PT. The announcement ceremony was hosted by "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr. and singer and actress Katharine McPhee.

All About the Tony Awards

By today's standards, the Tonys had very humble beginnings when it first opened off Broadway in 1947

It took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Tickets were $7, with dinner and dancing.

The formal name was and remains the "Antoinette Perry Awards" -- named for Antoinette Perry an acting trooper, director, and all-around admired figure on Broadway.

The first award was actually a scroll, with the addition of a sterling silver compact case for the women, and an engraved gold bill clip or cigarette lighter for the men.

The Broadway glitterati would gather at various other venues over the years (including the Plaza and Astor Hotels) before settling into the Shubert Theatre in 1967. That year also marked the first time the Tonys were broadcast live on television.

After three decades on Broadway, the Tonys finally settled in at Radio City Music Hall and for more than ten years played there until 2010. The Tonys next entered a new era as the curtain rose at the Beacon Theatre, but in a plot twist that everyone knew was coming, the Tony's eventually returned to Radio City Music Hall in 2013 honoring the biggest Broadway shows in city's biggest theater.

Tony Awards fun facts

Winning-est musical: The Producers

• Hinged on a curved armature, the Tony Award medallion is the only major entertainment award that spins.

One of the modern era's most popular Tony hosts, Neil Patrick Harris has MC'd the Tony Awards show 4 times in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. On a side note, he has won three Emmys for hosting the Tonys.

Although Broadway shows have been adapted into popular movies in the past, the modern trend goes in reverse. Hollywood-to-Broadway shows that have gone on to win Tonys include 42nd Street, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Lion King, and The Producers.

• The musical with the most Tony Awards? That would be The Producers (2001) with 12.

The actress with the most Tony Awards is Audra McDonald who has won six Tony Awards for performance, more than any other individual. She is also the only person to have won Tony Awards in four different acting categories.

The person with the most Tony Awards overall is producer/director Harold Prince with 21.

• The Tony winner with the longest title ever is The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (1966). It was known as Marat/Sade for short.

• The Tony winner with the shortest title? That was Da in 1978.


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More about the Tony Awards around the Web:

Around the Web, get a front row seat to the most current news, pictures and buzz about who this year's Antoinette Perry Awards .... along with complete nominee lists & winners of the past who have walked away with Broadway's top prize :

Tony - The official site of the American Theatre Wing with current nominees and winners, video clips and interviews, wallpapers, pictures and profiles of past winners, Broadway news and events, archives and more.

Tony Forum - Join the fray at this active discussion board sponsored by The Envelope featuring the latest Tony gossip, rumors & predictions, plus general Broadway news & show reviews.

Tony - Wikipedia - Nice overview from the online encyclopedia with related info on the Broadway show scene and a listing of past nominees & winners.

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