The Info List - Special Tony Award

The Special
Tony Award
Tony Award
category includes the Lifetime Achievement Award and Special
Tony Award. These are non-competitive honorary awards, and the titles have changed over the years. The Tony Award
Tony Award
for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre is to "honor an individual for the body of his or her work."[1] (The Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Special Theatrical Event was a competitive award, given from 2001 to 2009.) Another non-competitive Tony award is the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, to "recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that do not fit into any of the competitive categories."[1]


1 Award winners

1.1 1940s 1.2 1950s 1.3 1960s 1.4 1970s 1.5 1980s 1.6 1990s 1.7 2000s 1.8 2010s

2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Award winners[edit] 1940s[edit]

Year Recipient Reason

1947 1st Tony Awards Dora Chamberlain Unfailing courtesy as treasurer of the Martin Beck
Martin Beck

Ira and Rita Katzenberg Enthusiasm as inveterate first-nighters

Jules Leventhal Being the season's most prolific backer and producer

Burns Mantle The annual publication of The Ten Best Plays

P. A. MacDonald Intricate construction for the production of If the Shoe Fits

Vincent Sardi Providing a transient home and comfort station for theatre folk at Sardi's
for 20 years

1948 2nd Tony Awards Rosalind Gilder Contribution to theatre through a publication for Theatre Arts

Vera Allen Distinguished wing volunteer worker through the war and after

Paul Beisman Progressive Theatre Operators to Operator of the American Theatre, St. Louis

Joe E. Brown Spreading theatre to the country in Harvey, while the originals perform in New York

Cast of The Importance of Being Earnest Outstanding Foreign Company

Robert W. Dowling Progressive theatre operators to President of City Investing Company, St. Louis

Experimental Theatre Inc. Experiment in theatre

June Lockhart Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer for For Love or Money

Mary Martin Spreading theatre to the country in Annie Get Your Gun, while the originals perform in New York

George Pierce Twenty-five years of courteous and efficient service as a backstage doorman at the Empire Theatre

James Whitmore Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer for Command Decision

1949 3rd Tony Awards N/A


Year Recipient Reason

1950 4th Tony Awards Maurice Evans Special
recognition for guiding the City Center Theatre Company through a highly successful season

Philip Faversham Representing those workers from the American Theatre Wing's hospital program who had performed hospital volunteer work outside of New York

Brock Pemberton (posthumous) Founder of awards and its original chairman

1951 5th Tony Awards Ruth Green Her services as a volunteer in arranging reservation and seating for the five Tony Awards

1952 6th Tony Awards Charles Boyer His performance in Don Juan in Hell, thereby assisting in a new theatre trend

Judy Garland An important contribution to the revival of vaudeville through her recent stint at the Palace Theatre

Edward Kook His contributing to and encouraging the development of stage lighting and electronics

1953 7th Tony Awards Danny Kaye Heading a variety bill at the Palace Theatre. Equity Community Theatre

Beatrice Lillie Her performance in An Evening with Beatrice Lillie

1954 8th Tony Awards N/A

1955 9th Tony Awards Proscenium Productions Presented to Warren Enters, Robert Merriman and Sybil Trubin for high quality and viewpoints shown in The Way of the World
The Way of the World
and Thieves Carnival

1956 10th Tony Awards Fourth Street Chekov Theatre

City Center

The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library
Theatre Collection Presented to founder George Freedley for its distinguished service to the theatre

The Shakespearewrights

The Threepenny Opera Presented to producer Carmen Capalbo for her distinguished Off-Broadway production

1957 11th Tony Awards American Shakespeare Festival

Jean-Louis Barrault

Robert Russell Bennett

William Hammerstein

Joseph Harbuck His performance in Auntie Mame

Paul Shyre

1958 12th Tony Awards Mrs. Martin Beck Fifteen years of untiring dedication to the American Theatre Wing, which she served as treasurer, secretary and chairman of the board of directors

New York Shakespeare Festival Presenting free performances in Central Park
Central Park
and the Hecksher Theater

1959 13th Tony Awards Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay A collaboration that lasted longer than Gilbert and Sullivan

John Gielgud Contribution to theatre for his extraordinary insight into the writings of Shakespeare as demonstrated in his one-man play, Ages of Man

Cast of La Plume de Ma Tante Contribution to the theatre


Year Recipient Reason

1960 14th Tony Awards Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
and James Thurber Their production of A Thurber Carnival

John D. Rockefeller III Vision and leadership in creating the Lincoln Center, a landmark of theatre encompassing the performing arts

1961 15th Tony Awards David Merrick In recognition of a fabulous production record over the last seven years

The Theatre Guild Organizing the first repertory to go abroad for the State Department

1962 16th Tony Awards Brooks Atkinson His influential theatre critique in The New York Times

Richard Rodgers All he has done for young people in the theatre and for taking the men of the orchestra out of the pit and putting them on stage in No Strings

Franco Zeffirelli His designs and direction of the Old Vic's Romeo and Juliet

1963 17th Tony Awards Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller
and Dudley Moore Their brilliance in Beyond the Fringe, which has shattered all the old concepts of comedy

Irving Berlin His distinguished contribution to the musical theatre for these many years

W. McNeil Lowry On behalf of the Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation
for his and their distinguished support of the American Theatre

1964 18th Tony Awards Eva Le Gallienne Celebrating her 50th year as an actress, honored for her work with the National Repertory Theatre

1965 19th Tony Awards Gilbert Miller Producing 88 plays and musicals and for his perseverance which has helped to keep New York and theatre alive

Oliver Smith

1966 20th Tony Awards Helen Menken A lifetime of devotion and dedicated service to the Broadway theatre

1967 21st Tony Awards N/A

1968 22nd Tony Awards APA-Phoenix Theatre

Pearl Bailey

Carol Channing

Maurice Chevalier

Marlene Dietrich

Audrey Hepburn

David Merrick

1969 23rd Tony Awards Leonard Bernstein

Carol Burnett

Rex Harrison

The National Theatre Company of Great Britain

The Negro Ensemble Company


Year Recipient Reason

1970 24th Tony Awards Noël Coward Multiple and immortal contributions to the theatre

Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
and Alfred Lunt

New York Shakespeare Festival Pioneering efforts on behalf of new plays

Barbra Streisand Star of the Decade

1971 25th Tony Awards Ingram Ash Decades of devoted service to the theatre

Elliot Norton Distinguished theatrical commentary

Playbill Chronicling Broadway through the years

Roger L. Stevens

1972 26th Tony Awards Fiddler on the Roof Presented to Harold Prince for becoming the longest-running musical in Broadway history

Ethel Merman

Richard Rodgers

The Theatre Guild-American Theatre Society Its many years of service to audiences for touring shows

1973 27th Tony Awards John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City

Shubert Organization

The Actor's Fund of America

1974 28th Tony Awards Actors' Equity Association

A Moon for the Misbegotten An outstanding dramatic revival of an American classic

Candide An outstanding contribution to the artistic development of the musical theatre

Peter Cook
Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore Co-stars and authors of Good Evening

Harold Friedlander Theatre Award '74

Bette Midler Adding lustre to the Broadway season

Liza Minnelli Adding lustre to the Broadway season

The Theatre Development Fund

John F. Wharton Theatre Award '74

1975 29th Tony Awards Al Hirschfeld Fifty years of theatrical cartoons

1976 30th Tony Awards George Abbott Lawrence Langner Award

Richard Burton

Circle in the Square Twenty-five continuous years of quality productions

Thomas H. Fitzgerald (Posthumous) Gifted lighting in countless Broadway shows and many Tony telecasts

Mathilde Pincus Outstanding service to the Broadway musical theatre

1977 31st Tony Awards Cheryl Crawford Lawrence Langner Award

Equity Liberty Theatre

Barry Manilow

National Theatre of the Deaf

Diana Ross

Lily Tomlin

1978 32nd Tony Awards Irving Berlin Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre

Stan Dragoti and Charles Moss To the creators of the I Love New York Broadway show tours and its sponsor, the New York State Department of Commerce

1979 33rd Tony Awards Walter F. Diehl Being an active force in advancing the well-being of the Broadway theatre and of theatre nationally

Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center

Henry Fonda

Richard Rodgers Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre


Year Recipient Reason

1980 34th Tony Awards Richard Fitzgerald Installing the infrared system in Broadway theatres, thus bringing the compassion and dedication of making theatergoing for those with impaired hearing, rewarding and enjoyable

Goodspeed Musicals

Helen Hayes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre

Mary Tyler Moore Her performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Hobe Morrison Theatre Award '80

1981 35th Tony Awards Lena Horne Her performance in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

1982 36th Tony Awards Radio City Music Hall Theatre Award '82

The Actors' Fund of America

Warner Communications Theatre Award '82

1983 37th Tony Awards N/A

1984 38th Tony Awards A Chorus Line In honor of becoming Broadway's longest-running musical

Peter Feller A master craftsman who has devoted forty years to theatre stagecraft and magic

La Tragedie de Carmen Outstanding achievement in musical theatre

1985 39th Tony Awards Yul Brynner Honoring his 4,525 performances in The King and I

New York State Council on the Arts

1986 40th Tony Awards N/A

1987 41st Tony Awards George Abbott On the occasion of his 100th birthday

Jackie Mason His performance in The World According to Me

1988 42nd Tony Awards Brooklyn Academy of Music

1989 43rd Tony Awards N/A


Year Recipient Reason

1990 – 1992 N/A

1993 47th Tony Awards Oklahoma! Their 50th anniversary

1994 48th Tony Awards Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
and Jessica Tandy Lifetime Achievement

1995 49th Tony Awards Carol Channing Lifetime Achievement

National Endowment for the Arts Tony Honor

Harvey Sabinson Lifetime Achievement after 50 years in the theater

1996 50th Tony Awards N/A

1997 51st Tony Awards Bernard B. Jacobs Lifetime Achievement

1998 52nd Tony Awards Edward E. Colton Lifetime Achievement

Ben Edwards

1999 53rd Tony Awards Uta Hagen Lifetime Achievement

Arthur Miller

Isabelle Stevenson


Year Recipient Reason

2000 54th Tony Awards Dame Edna: The Royal Tour Live Theatrical Presentation

T. Edward Hambleton Lifetime Achievement

2001 55th Tony Awards Paul Gemignani Lifetime Achievement

2002 56th Tony Awards Julie Harris Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Robert Whitehead

2003 57th Tony Awards Cy Feuer Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway Special
Theatrical Event (Competitive)

2004 58th Tony Awards James M. Nederlander Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2005 59th Tony Awards Edward Albee Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2006 60th Tony Awards Sarah Jones Her performance in Bridge and Tunnel

Harold Prince Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2007 61st Tony Awards N/A

2008 62nd Tony Awards Robert Russell Bennett In recognition of his contribution to the field of orchestrations

Stephen Sondheim Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2009 63rd Tony Awards Jerry Herman Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre


Year Recipient Reason

2010 64th Tony Awards Alan Ayckbourn Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Marian Seldes

2011 65th Tony Awards Philip J. Smith Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2012 66th Tony Awards Actors' Equity Association

Hugh Jackman

2013 67th Tony Awards Bernard "Bernie" Gersten

Ming Cho Lee

Paul Libin

2014 68th Tony Awards Jane Greenwood Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2015 69th Tony Awards John Cameron Mitchell

Tommy Tune Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

2016 70th Tony Awards Sheldon Harnick Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Marshall W. Mason

National Endowment for the Arts

Miles Wilkin

2017 71st Tony Awards James Earl Jones Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

See also[edit]

Regional Theatre Tony Award Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre


^ a b "The Award Categories" tonyawards.com, accessed April 7, 2011

" Special
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Winners". Broadway World. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-17.  "Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre". Broadway World. Retrieved April 7, 2011.  " Special
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External links[edit]

Tony Awards Official site Tony Awards at Internet Broadway database Listing Tony Awards at broadwayworld.com

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