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Tony Awards Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 3:54 PM EDT, Tue June 17, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the Tony Awards.

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 "Hal" Prince has won the most Tony Awards overall (21).

Actress Audra McDonald has won the most Tony awards as a performer (six).

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.

2014 Tony Award Winners:
Best Play - "All The Way"

Best Musical - "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder"

Best Revival of a Play - "A Raisin in the Sun"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Bryan Cranston in "All The Way"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Audra McDonald in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Neil Patrick Harris in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Jessie Mueller in "Beautiful--The Carole King Musical"

Click here for a complete list of 2014 nominees and winners.

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