Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre

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The Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre is a non-competitive award created by the American Theatre Wing in 1990. They are presented to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible to compete in any of the established Tony Award categories. The Tony Honors "are announced in the autumn. They are bestowed at a separate ceremony that affords recipients a special moment in the spotlight."[1] As explained in Playbill, "In 2003, a new tradition began for the Tony Honors, which were previously announced during the Tony Awards broadcast. Last year, however, the Honors were presented in the fall..."[2]

The first recipient was Alfred Drake, who was recognized for his lengthy career in musical theatre.[3]


  • 1990: Alfred Drake
  • 1991: Father George Moore, pastor of St. Malachy’s Church (known as The Actors’ Chapel) "for his service and commitment to the needy and elderly of the theater district and improving conditions in the Times Square area."[4]
  • 2004: The cast of the 2003 Broadway production of Big River; Nancy Coyne, chief executive of the theater advertising agency Serino Coyne; restaurateurs Frances and Harry Edelstein of Cafe Edison and Vincent Sardi, Jr. of Sardi's; photographer Martha Swope.[8]
  • 2007: Gemze de Lappe; wardrobe supervisor Alyce Gilbert; CEO of Hudson Scenic Studios Neil Mazzella; musician and musical contractor Seymour "Red" Press.[11]
  • 2010: The Alliance of Resident Theatres New York; B.H. Barry (teacher); Tom Viola (BC/EFA executive director).[13]
  • 2011: William Berloni (animal trainer); The Drama Book Shop (West 40th Street, Manhattan); Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.[14]
  • 2015: Scenery designer Arnold Abramson; public relations consultant Adrian Bryan-Brown; and theatre technician Gene O'Donovan[16]


  1. ^ "The Award Categories", accessed April 9, 2011
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew."Nominations for Tony Honors Now Being Accepted; Winners to Be Announced in September", August 25, 2004
  3. ^ Rothstein, Mervyn. "Tonys Are Won by 'Grapes of Wrath' and 'City of Angels'", The New York Times, June 4, 1990, Section C, p. 13
  4. ^ Winship, Frederick M. "Will Rogers,' 'Lost in Yonkers' dominate Tonys", United Press International, June 3, 1991
  5. ^ Collins, Glenn. "'Dancing at Lughnasa' And 'Crazy for You' Win Top Tony Awards", The New York Times, June 1, 1992, Section C, p. 11
  6. ^ a b Gerard, Jeremy. "Tonys Go To 'Kiss,' 'Angels'" Daily Variety, June 7, 1993, p. 1
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (November 11, 2003). "Jackman, Seldes and Hairspray Part of 2003 Tony Honors Celebration". 
  8. ^ Simonson, Robert."Theatre Community Turns Out to Salute Special Tony Honorees", October 27, 2004
  9. ^ Lipton, Brian Scott."Peter Neufeld, TCG to Receive Tony Award Honors", September 27, 2005
  10. ^ Reuben, Aubrey, Strothmann, Ben."Tony Honors, October 24, 2006"The Playbill Broadway Yearbook, 3ed. (, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007, ISBN 1-55783-732-5, p. 444
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew.De Lappe, Gilbert, Mazzella and Press to Receive 2007 Tony Honors", October 2, 2007
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew."Herman, Herz, Newman and Signature Theatre Are 2009 Special Tony Award Winners", May 4, 2009
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew. David Hyde Pierce, Marian Seldes, Tom Viola, Alan Ayckbourn Win Special Tony Awards", April 21, 2010
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. Athol Fugard, Philip J. Smith, Eve Ensler Win Special Tony Awards", April 6, 2011
  15. ^ "2014 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre Announced', April 8, 2014; retrieved on December 27, 2014
  16. ^ [1], April 7, 2015; retrieved on September 14, 2015

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