12th Tony Awards

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12th Tony Awards
Date April 13, 1958
Location Waldorf-Astoria
New York City
Hosted by Bud Collyer
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC

The 12th Annual Tony Awards took place at the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom on April 13, 1958. Bud Collyer was the Master of Ceremonies. For the second year the program was not telecast, due to a strike against WCBS-TV.[1][2]

The ceremony[edit]

Presenters: Sydney Chaplin, Greer Garson, Judy Holliday, Celeste Holm, Nancy Kelly, Mary Martin, Elsa Maxwell, Laurence Olivier, Tyrone Power, Martha Scott, Phil Silvers, Walter Slezak. Performers were Mindy Carson and Bill Hayes. Music was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are in bold


Outstanding Play
Outstanding Musical
  • The Music Man. Book by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden and Herbert Greene, in association with Frank Productions.
  • West Side Story. Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Produced by Robert Griffiths and Harold S. Prince.
  • New Girl In Town. Book by George Abbott, music and lyrics by Bob Merrill. Produced by Robert Griffiths and Harold S. Prince.
  • Oh, Captain! Book by Al Morgan and José Ferrer, music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Produced by Howard Merrill and Theatre Corporation of America.
  • Jamaica. Book by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg. Produced by David Merrick


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
Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actress


Outstanding Director
Outstanding Choreographer
Scenic Designer
  • Oliver Smith (West Side Story)
  • Boris Aronson (Orpheus Descending / A Hole in the Head / The Rope Dancers)
  • Ben Edwards (The Dark at the Top of the Stairs)
  • Jo Mielziner (Look Homeward, Angel / Miss Lonelyhearts / The Square Root of Wonderful / Oh, Captain! / The Day the Money Stopped)
  • Oliver Smith (Brigadoon / Carousel / Jamaica / Nude with Violin / Time Remembered / West Side Story)
  • Peter Larkin (Blue Denim, Compulsion, Good As Gold, Miss Isobel)

Costume Designer

  • Motley (The First Gentleman)
  • Lucinda Ballard (Orpheus Descending)
  • Motley (Look Back in Anger / Look Homeward, Angel / Shinbone Alley / The Country Wife / The First Gentleman)
  • Irene Sharaff (West Side Story)
  • Miles White (Jamaica / Time Remembered / Oh, Captain!)
Conductor and Musical Director
  • Herbert Greene (The Music Man)
  • Max Goberman (West Side Story)
Stage Technician
  • Harry Romar (Time Remembered)
  • Sammy Knapp (The Music Man)

Special awards[edit]

  • New York Shakespeare Festival, for presenting free performances in Central Park and the Hecksher Theater
  • Mrs. Louise Beck, for fifteen years of untiring dedication to the American Theatre Wing, which she served as treasurer, secretary and chairman of the board of directors. (Presented by Elaine Perry, daughter of Antoinette Perry.)
  • Circle in the Square, Phoenix Theatre, Esther Hawley


  1. ^ Zolotow, Sam. The New York Times, "The Music Man Wins Five of 18 Tony Awards", April 14, 1958, p.21
  2. ^ a b "Ceremonies 1958" tonyawards.com, accessed May 28, 2016

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