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The 55th Annual Tony Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall on June 3, 2001 and broadcast by CBS. "The First Ten" awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television . The event was co-hosted by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The Producers won a record breaking 12 awards. Mel Brooks's win made him the eighth person to become an EGOT.

55th Tony Awards
DateJune 3, 2001
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Hosted byMatthew Broderick and Nathan Lane
Most awardsThe Producers (12)
Most nominationsThe Producers (15)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership8.9 million[1]
Produced byRicky Kirshner
Gary Smith
Directed byGlenn Weiss


The ceremonyEdit

Presenters: Joan Allen, Dick Cavett, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Dame Edna, Edie Falco, Kathleen Freeman, Gina Gershon, Heather Headley, Cherry Jones, Jane Krakowski, Marc Kudisch, Eric McCormack, Audra McDonald, Reba McEntire, Donna McKechnie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernadette Peters, Natasha Richardson, Doris Roberts, Gary Sinise, Lily Tomlin, Henry Winkler, and three "Broadway Babies" (Meredith Patterson, Bryn Bowling, and Carol Bentley).[2]

Musicals represented were:[2][3]

Plays were also presented:[2][3]

Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are in bold

Source: BroadwayWorld[4]

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival of a Play Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design Best Orchestrations
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography

Summary of wins and nominations (more than one)[5]

  • The Producers: 12 / 15
  • Proof: 3 / 6
  • The Invention of Love: 2 / 5
  • 42nd Street: 2 / 9
  • King Hedley II: 1 / 6
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 1 / 2
  • The Full Monty: 0 / 10
  • A Class Act: 0 / 5
  • Follies: 0 / 5
  • Jane Eyre: 0 / 5
  • The Rocky Horror Show: 0 / 4
  • Stones in His Pockets: 0 / 3
  • The Tale of the Allergist's Wife: 0 / 3
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: 0 / 2
  • Bells Are Ringing: 0 / 2
  • Betrayal: 0 / 2
  • Judgment at Nuremberg: 0 / 2
  • Blast!: 1 (special Tony) / 2

Special awardsEdit

Regional Theatre Award

Special Theatrical Event

Special Lifetime Achievement Tony Award

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre


  1. ^ Porter, Rick (June 13, 2010). "Tony Awards Ratings History". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Year by Year 2001" Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine, accessed April 28, 2011
  3. ^ a b Lefkowitz, David.2001 Tony Awards Presented at Radio City Music Hall, June 3", June 2, 2001 Archived October 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 2001 Tony Awards, accessed April 28, 2011 Archived January 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Lefkowitz, David. Record 12 Tony Awards for Producers; Proof, Cuckoo's Nest & 42nd St. Tops Too", June 4, 2001 Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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