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Tony Awards How Much Do You Really Know About the Tony Awards? Before the Tonys on June 12, test your knowledge of past nominees and winners.

How Much Do You Really Know About the Tony Awards?

Before the Tonys on June 12, test your knowledge of past nominees and winners.

Who was the first performer to refuse a Tony nomination?

Julie Andrews

William Daniels

Elaine Stritch

Douglas Turner Ward

George C. Scott

Which Tony Award-winning Best Musical had the shortest run?

Big River

Hallelujah, Baby!



The Mystery of Edwin Drood

“There's been a rumor that the simple, hummable show tune is dead on Broadway. Well, it's alive and well at the Palace.” Jerry Herman said this quote in his acceptance speech for the 1984 Tony Award for which of his musicals?

The Grand Tour

Hello, Dolly!

La Cage aux Folles


Mack and Mabel

Which was the only of Jule Styne’s musicals to win a Best Musical Tony Award? (Hint: This musical also earned Styne his only Best Composer/Lyricist Tony).

Bells Are Ringing

Funny Girl


Hallelujah, Baby!


Seven actors, both male and female, shared a single Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award nomination for their performances in which show? (Hint: The group ended up losing the award to Patricia Neway, who was nominated by herself in that same category).



Side Show

The Sound of Music


As of 2016, Harold Prince holds the record for winning more Tony Awards than any other person in history. How many Tonys has he won?






Audra McDonald holds two records: the most Tony wins for an actress and the first performer to win all of their gender’s eligible acting categories. How many Tony Awards does she have?






Which of the following ladies has NOT won a Best Actress Tony exactly TWICE?

Liza Minnelli

Donna Murphy

Bernadette Peters

Chita Rivera

Gwen Verdon

Who won the only Best Lyrics Tony ever awarded in 1971?

Lee Adams

Fred Ebb

Sheldon Harnick

Will Holt

Stephen Sondheim

Which one of these shows did NOT win Best Musical?



Hello, Dolly!


The Sound of Music

What show was the first Best Musical nominee to receive no other Tony Award nominations?

Blues in the Night

Leader of the Pack

Pump Boys and Dinettes

Leap of Faith

Swinging on a Star

What was the first musical to win Best Revival of a Musical twice?

La Cage aux Folles



Man of La Mancha

Guys and Dolls

Every performer who has played this character on Broadway has won a Tony Award.

Rose (Gypsy)

Pseudolous (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)

Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof)

Anna Leonowens (The King and I)

Albin (La Cage aux Folles)

What is the longest-running Broadway musical that did NOT receive any Tony Awards?

Mamma Mia!

Tobacco Road

Oh! Calcutta!

Rock of Ages


What Best Musical Tony Award-winner was revived as the inaugural production of City Center’s Encores! series?





Wonderful Town


When you hear the word "Tony," you're more likely to think Tony the Tiger than The Tony Awards. While Frosted Flakes are gr-r-reat, if you want to be a Tony trivia superstar, you're gonna have to study up.


You've clearly tuned into the Tonys more than a few times. But if you really want to wow the audience with your Tony knowledge, you're gonna have to study harder.


You can act and dance. Just remember to sing out, Louise and you can become a triple threat and conquer this quiz.


You're a Tony whiz! If EGOT existed for awards show trivia, you just earned your T.

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