Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event

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Tony Award for
Best Special Theatrical Event
Awarded for Best Special Theatrical Event
Location New York City
Country United States of America
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Liza's at The Palace...! (2009)
Official website

The Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event was awarded from 2001 to 2009 to live theatrical productions that were not plays or musicals.[1] The category was created after the 2000 controversy of Contact winning Best Musical; the show used pre-recorded music and featured no singing.[2] The category was retired in 2009[3] allowing the shows that were previously eligible for it to be eligible in Best Play or Best Musical categories, if they met the proper criteria. The shows are also now eligible in other creative categories.

In 1999 and 2000 a Special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Presentation was awarded which may be seen as the precursor of the Best Special Theatrical Event award and is generally included in this award's listing.[4]

Winners and nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner


Year Production
53rd Tony Awards
Fool Moon


Year Production
54th Tony Awards
Dame Edna: The Royal Tour
55th Tony Awards
56th Tony Awards
Elaine Stritch at Liberty
Bea Arthur on Broadway, Just Between Friends
Barbara Cook in Mostly Sondheim
Sexaholix...A Love Story
57th Tony Awards
Def Poetry Jam
Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home
The Play What I Wrote
Prune Danish
58th Tony Awards
59th Tony Awards
Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance!
Laugh Whore
Whoopi the 20th Anniversary Show
60th Tony Awards
61st Tony Awards
Jay Johnson: The Two and Only
Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway
62nd Tony Awards
63rd Tony Awards
Liza's at The Palace...!
Slava's Snowshow
Soul of Shaolin
You're Welcome America

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dave Itzkoff (18 June 2009). "Tonys Retire Award for Special Theatrical Event". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ Robert Simonson (24 May 2000). "Tonys Create Category for "Special Theatrical Event" for 2000-01". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  3. ^ Andrew Gans (18 Jun 2009). "Tony Awards Retire Special Theatrical Event Category". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Special Theatrical Event Tony Award Winners". BroadwayWorld. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 

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