9th Tony Awards

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9th Tony Awards
Date March 27, 1955
Location Plaza Hotel
New York City, New York
Hosted by Frank Sinatra
Television/radio coverage
Network National Broadcasting Company radio

The 9th Annual Tony Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing, took place at the Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom on March 27, 1955. [1] It was broadcast on radio by the National Broadcasting Company. The presenter was Helen Hayes [1] and music was composed and presented by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.

Award winners[edit]

Sources: Infoplease[2] BroadwayWorld[3]


Award Winner
Best Play The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes and Jack Loveday. Produced by Howard Erskine and Joseph Hayes.
Best Musical The Pajama Game. Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Produced by Frederick Brisson, Robert Griffith, and Harold Prince.


Award Winner
Best Actor in Play Alfred Lunt, Quadrille
Best Actress in a Play Nancy Kelly, The Bad Seed
Best Actor in a Musical Walter Slezak, Fanny
Best Actress in a Musical Mary Martin, Peter Pan
Best Featured Actor in a Play Francis L. Sullivan, Witness for the Prosecution
Best Featured Actress in a Play Patricia Jessel, Witness for the Prosecution
Best Featured Actor in a Musical Cyril Ritchard, Peter Pan
Best Featured Actress in a Musical Carol Haney, The Pajama Game


Award Winner
Director-Play Robert Montgomery, The Desperate Hours
Choreographer Bob Fosse, The Pajama Game
Scenic Designer Oliver Messell, House of Flowers
Costume Designer Cecil Beaton, Quadrille
Best Conductor and Musical Director Thomas Schippers, The Saint of Bleecker Street
Tony Award for Best Stage Technician Richard Rodda, Peter Pan

Special award[edit]

  • Proscenium Productions, an Off-Broadway company at the Cherry Lane Theatre, for generally high quality and viewpoint shown in The Way of the World and Thieves Carnival. Presented to Warren Enters, Robert Merriman and Sybil Trubin.


  1. ^ a b Gelb, Arthur. " 'The Desperate Hours' Receives Perry Award: Hayes Drama Chosen Best Play--Musical Prize to 'Pajama'", The New York Times, March 28, 1955, p.24
  2. ^ "1955 Tony Awards" infoplease.com, accessed June 21, 2012
  3. ^ "1955 Tony Award Winners" broadwayworld.com, accessed May 28, 2016

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