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Tony Awards Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 5:25 PM EST, Wed November 20, 2013

(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the Tony Awards. The show airs June 8, 2014.

Facts:
The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Only productions staged in designated Broadway theatres are eligible for nominations.

The musical that holds the record for most Tony Awards is "The Producers," in 2001. It won 12 awards out of 15 nominations.

Producer/Director Harold Price has won the most Tony Awards, not including special Tony Awards, with 18.

Three women, Julie Harris, Angela Lansbury and Audra McDonald, have won the most awards, not including special Tony Awards, with five each.

The Tonys are named after Antoinette Perry, a Broadway actress and director who died in 1946.

Her charitable work with the American Theatre Wing during WWII inspired the Broadway community to create an award in her honor.

American Theatre Wing became famous for the "Stage Door Canteens," in which GIs could drop in and be entertained by famous Hollywood and Broadway stars.

Timeline:
April 6, 1947 - The first Tony Awards are presented at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

The first "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play" award is a tie with Ingrid Bergman for "Joan of Lorraine" and Helen Hayes for "Happy Birthday."

The first "Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play " award is also a tie, between Jose Ferrer for "Cyrano de Bergerac" and Fredric March for "Years Ago."

1956 - The Tonys are broadcast on television for the first time, on the Dumont Network.

1997 - The Tony Awards move to Radio City Music Hall.

2013 Tony Award Winners:
Best Play - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Musical - Kinky Boots

Best Revival of a Play - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Tracy Letts in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Billy Porter in Kinky Boots

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Patina Miller in Pippin

Click here for a complete list of 2013 nominees and winners.

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