10th Tony Awards
|10th Tony Awards|
|Date||April 1, 1956|
New York City, New York
|Network||DuMont Television Network|
For the first time, the ceremony was broadcast on television, on the DuMont Channel 5 in New York, 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.
Music for the dinner-dance was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.
Winners and nominees
|Outstanding Play||The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden.||Bus Stop by William Inge. Produced by Robert Whitehead and Roger L. Stevens.||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. Produced by The Playwrights' Company||Tiger at the Gates by Jean Giraudoux, adapted by Christopher Fry. Produced by Robert L. Joseph, The Playwrights' Company, and Henry M. Margolis.||The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. Produced by Irene Mayer Selznick.|
|Outstanding Musical||Damn Yankees by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop. Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Produced by Frederick Brisson, Robert Griffith, and Harold 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.|
|Outstanding Director||Tyrone Guthrie (The Matchmaker)||Joseph Anthony (The Lark)||Harold Clurman (Bus Stop / Pipe Dream / Tiger at the Gates)||Tyrone Guthrie (The Matchmaker / Six Characters in Search of an Author / Tamburlaine the Great)||Garson Kanin (The Diary of Anne Frank)||Elia Kazan (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)||Albert Marre (The Chalk Garden)||Herman Shumlin (Inherit the Wind)|
|Outstanding Choreographer||Bob Fosse (Damn Yankees)||Robert Alton (The Vamp)||Boris Runanin (Phoenix '55 / Pipe Dream)||Anna Sokolow (Red Roses for Me)|
|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)|
|Best 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)|
- City Center
- Fourth Street Chekov Theatre
- The Shakespearewrights
- The Threepenny Opera, distinguished Off-Broadway production
- The Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library on its twenty-fifth anniversary, for its distinguished service to the theatre.