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The 10th Annual Tony Awards took place at the Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom on April 1, 1956. The Master of Ceremonies was Jack Carter.

10th Tony Awards
DateApril 1, 1956
LocationPlaza Hotel
New York City
Hosted byJack Carter
Television/radio coverage
NetworkDuMont Television Network



The presenter was Helen Hayes, who was President of the American Theatre Wing, and several of the nominees. Jack Carter was host for the first part of the ceremony, and Helen Hayes hosted the second part. More than 500 people attended the dinner dance. [1]

For the first time, the ceremony was broadcast on television, on the DuMont Channel 5 in New York City, in an effort to create "wider public interest in Broadway's most important award-giving ceremony". Also for the first time, the nominees were announced ahead of the ceremony.[2]

Music for the dinner dance was by Meyer Davis and his Orchestra.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Sources:Infoplease;[3] BroadwayWorld[4]


Winners are in bold

Outstanding Play
Outstanding Musical


Winners are in bold

Distinguished Dramatic Actor

Distinguished Dramatic Actress

Distinguished Musical Actor

Distinguished Musical Actress

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actor

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Dramatic Actress

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actor

Distinguished Supporting or Featured Musical Actress


Outstanding Director

Outstanding Choreographer

Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Conductor and Musical Director

Stage Technician

Special awardsEdit


  1. ^ Zolotow, Sam. "Theatre Wing's 'Tony' Awards Presented at Dinner Here: 'Damn Yankees' and 'Anne Frank' Cited as Top Offerings Producing Trio Scores Again Other Award Winners", The New York Times, April 2, 1956, p. 20
  2. ^ Gelb, Arthur. "Popularizing the 'Tony' Awards", The New York Times, April 1, 1956, p.93
  3. ^ "1956 Tony Awards (Winners)", accessed June 22, 2012
  4. ^ "1956 Tony Award Winners",, accessed May 28, 2016

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