The Donaldson Awards - theater award before the Tonys - some fascinating categories and winners
Last Edit: PlayWiz 05:43 pm EDT 07/29/20
Posted by: PlayWiz05:29 pm EDT 07/29/20
Below is a link to the award winners of the Donaldson Awards, a prestigious theater award which started before and then overlapped the Tonys before being discontinued in 1955. If you think some of the Tony categories over the years have been screwy, there are instances of people being awarded Best Actor (Actress) and Best Supporting Actor (Actress) for the same role, like for example, David Wayne in "Finian's Rainbow" and Nanette Fabray in "High Button Shoes". Btw, Julie Andrews received a Donaldson for her debut in "The Boy Friend", so even though she hasn't received a Tony (though I think lots of folks would like her to receive an Honorary/Career award), she was honored by the theater community by her Donaldson Award. There's lots and lots of performances and shows on the wikipedia page, so if you have time, you might check it out. There were awards for best debuts, best dancers, etc. so performances that weren't able to be evaluated from OCRs might be of interest. There was also a distinction betwen "Best Play" and "Best First Play" in different categories as well. Plus Georges Bizet won for his musical score for "Carmen Jones" and Alexander Borodin for "Kismet"! Such fun!