re: Best Play and Best Musical Awards
Last Edit: WaymanWong 07:38 pm EDT 06/18/24
Posted by: WaymanWong 07:21 pm EDT 06/18/24
In reply to: Best Play and Best Musical Awards - dlittle 12:43 pm EDT 06/18/24

For the record, the Tony Awards tried something out in the early 1960s:

* 1962 Tony Awards: They gave a Best Play prize and a Best Producer (Dramatic) prize. ''A Man for All Seasons'' won them both. They also had a Best Musical prize and a Best Producer (Musical) prize. ''How to Succeed'' won them both, as well as Original Score and Best Author (Musical).

* 1963 Tony Awards: ''Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'' won Best Play and Best Producer (Dramatic). ''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'' won Best Musical and Best Producer (Musical), plus Best Author (Musical). However, Lionel Bart won Best Original Score for ''Oliver!''

* 1964 Tony Awards: ''Luther'' won Best Play, but ''The Deputy'' won Best Producer (Dramatic). ''Hello, Dolly!'' won Best Musical, Best Producer (Musical), etc.

* 1965 Tony Awards: They added another category: Best Author (Dramatic), so now there were 3 top prizes for plays. And they all went to different shows! ''The Subject Was Roses'' won for Best Play. ''Luv'' won for Best Producer (Dramatic). And ''The Odd Couple'' won for Best Author (Dramatic). No idea what the distinction is between Best Play and Best Author. ''Fiddler on the Roof'' swept Best Musical, Best Producer (Musical), Original Score, Author (Musical).

* 1966 Tony Awards: The Tony reverted back to Best Play and Musical (for the writers and producers) and dropped the Producer and Author categories.

To make a long story short, since the 1972 Tonys, that's the basic format we have now: Best Play, Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score ...
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