The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The first annual Tony Awards took place on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria and was broadcast on radio on WOR and Mutual Network radio. On April 1, 1956, for the first time in Tony history, the nominees were announced in advanced and the show was broadcast on DuMont channel 5 in New York City.
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