10th Tony Awards

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10th Tony Awards
Date April 1, 1956
Location Plaza Hotel
New York City
Hosted by Jack Carter
Television/radio coverage
Network DuMont Television Network

The 10th Annual Tony Awards took place at the Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom on April 1, 1956. The Master of Ceremonies was Jack Carter.


The presenter was Helen Hayes, who was President of the American Theatre Wing, and several of the nominees. Jack Carter was host for the first part of the ceremony, and Helen Hayes hosted the second part. More than 500 people attended the dinner dance. [1]

For the first time, the ceremony was broadcast on television, on the DuMont Channel 5 in New York City, in an effort to create "wider public interest in Broadway's most important award-giving ceremony". Also for the first time, the nominees were announced ahead of the ceremony.[2]

Music for the dinner dance was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Sources:Infoplease;[3] BroadwayWorld[4]


Winners are in bold

Outstanding Play
Outstanding Musical
  • Damn Yankees by George Abbot and Douglass Wallop. Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Produced by Frederick Brisson, Robert Griffith, and Harold S. Prince in association with Albert B. Taylor.
  • Pipe Dream. Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rodgers. Produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein.


Winners are in bold

Distinguished Dramatic Actor

Distinguished Dramatic Actress

Distinguished Musical Actor

Distinguished Musical Actress

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actress

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actor

  • Russ Brown (Damn Yankees)
  • Mike Kellin (Pipe Dream)
  • Will Mahoney (Finian's Rainbow)
  • Scott Merrill (The Threepenny Opera)

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actress


Outstanding Director

Outstanding Choreographer

Scenic Designer

  • Peter Larkin (Inherit the Wind / No Time for Sergeants)
  • Boris Aronson (The Diary of Anne Frank / Bus Stop / Once Upon a Tailor / A View from the Bridge)
  • Ben Edwards (The Ponder Heart / Someone Waiting / The Honeys)
  • Jo Mielziner (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / The Lark / Middle of the Night / Pipe Dream)
  • Raymond Sovey (The Great Sebastians)

Costume Designer

  • 'Alvin Colt (Pipe Dream)
  • Mainbocher (The Great Sebastians)
  • Alvin Colt (The Lark / Phoenix '55 / Pipe Dream)
  • Helene Pons (The Diary of Anne Frank / Heavenly Twins / A View from the Bridge)

Conductor and Musical Director

  • Hal Hastings (Damn Yankees)
  • Salvatore Dell'Isola (Pipe Dream)
  • Milton Rosenstock (The Vamp)

Stage Technician

  • Harry Green, electrician and sound man, (Middle of the Night / Damn Yankees)
  • Larry Bland, carpenter, (Middle of the Night / The Ponder Heart / Porgy and Bess)

Special awards[edit]


  1. ^ Zolotow, Sam. "Theatre Wing's 'Tony' Awards Presented at Dinner Here: 'Damn Yankees' and 'Anne Frank' Cited as Top Offerings Producing Trio Scores Again Other Award Winners", The New York Times, April 2, 1956, p. 20
  2. ^ Gelb, Arthur. "Popularizing the 'Tony' Awards", The New York Times, April 1, 1956, p.93
  3. ^ "1956 Tony Awards (Winners)" infoplease.com, accessed June 22, 2012
  4. ^ "1956 Tony Award Winners", broadwayworld.com, accessed May 28, 2016

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