Tony Awards 1979

Actor (Featured Role–Musical) Winner – Henderson Forsythe (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Nominees: Richard Cox (Platinum)
Gregory Hines (Eubie!)
Ron Holgate (The Grand Tour)

Actor (Featured Role–Play) Winner – Michael Gough (Bedroom Farce)
Nominees: Bob Balaban (The Inspector General)
Joseph Maher (Spokesong)
Edward James Olmos (Zoot Suit)

Actor (Musical) Winner – Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd)
Nominees: Vincent Gardenia (Ballroom)
Joel Grey (The Grand Tour)
Robert Klein (They’re Playing Our Song)

Actor (Play) Winner – Tom Conti (Who’s Life Is It Anyway?)
Nominees: Philip Anglim (The Elephant Man)
Jack Lemmon (Tribute)
Alec McCowen (St. Mark’s Gospel)

Actress (Featured Role–Musical) Winner – Carlin Glynn (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Nominees: Joan Ellis (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Millicent Martin (King of Hearts)
Maxine Sullivan (My Old Friends)

Actress (Featured Role–Play) Winner – Joan Hickson (Bedroom Farce)
Nominees: Laurie Kennedy (Man and Superman)
Susan Littler (Bedroom Farce)
Mary-Joan Negro (Wings)

Actress (Musical) Winner – Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd)
Nominees: Tovah Feldshuh (Sarava)
Dorothy Loudon (Ballroom)
Alexis Smith (Platinum)

Actress (Play) Winners (tie) – Constance Cummings (Wings)
Carole Shelley (The Elephant Man)
Nominees: Jane Alexander (First Monday in October)
Constance Cummings (Wings)
Carole Shelley (The Elephant Man)
Frances Sternhagen (On Golden Pond)

Book (Musical) Winner – Sweeney Todd by Hugh Wheeler
Nominees: Ballroom by Jerome Kass
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
They’re Playing Our Song by Neil Simon

Choreographer Winner – Michael Bennett and Bob Avian (Ballroom)
Nominees: Henry LeTang and Billy Wilson (Eubie!)
Dan Siretta (Whoopee!)
Tommy Tune (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)

Costume Designer Winner – Franne Lee (Sweeney Todd)
Nominees: Theoni V. Aldredge (Ballroom)
Ann Roth (The Crucifer of Blood)
Julie Weiss (The Elephant Man)

Director (Musical) Winner – Harold Prince (Sweeney Todd)
Nominees: Michael Bennett (Ballroom)
Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Robert Moore (They’re Playing Our Song)

Director (Play) Winner – Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man)
Nominees: Alan Ayckbourn and Peter Hall (Bedroom Farce)
Paul Giovanni (The Crucifer of Blood)
Michael Lindsay-Hogg (Whose Life Is It Anyway?)

Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre Winner – Richard Rodgers

Lighting Designer Winner – Roger Morgan (The Crucifer of Blood)
Nominees: Ken Billington (Sweeney Todd)
Beverly Emmons (The Elephant Man)
Tharon Musser (Ballroom)

Musical Winner – Sweeney Todd. Produced by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, and Martin Richards
Nominees: Ballroom. Produced by Michael Bennett, Bob Avian, Bernard Gersten, and Susan MacNair
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Produced by Universal Pictures
They’re Playing Our Song. Produced by Emanuel Azenberg

Play Winner – The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance. Produced by Richmond Crinkley, Elizabeth I. McCann, and Nelle Nugent
Nominees: Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn. Produced by Robert Whitehead, Roger L. Stevens, George W. George, and Frank Milton
Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Brian Clark. Produced by Emanuel Azenberg, James Nederlander, and Ray Cooney
Wings by Arthur Kopit. Produced by the Kennedy Center

Regional Theatre Award Winner – American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California

Scenic Designer Winner – Eugene Lee (Sweeney Todd)
Nominees: Karl Eigsti (Knockout)
David Jenkins (The Elephant Man)
John Wulp (The Crucifer of Blood)

Score Winner – Sweeney Todd. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Nominees: Carmelina. Music by Burton Lane, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Eubie! Music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, F. E. Miller, Johnny Brandon, and Jim Europe
The Grand Tour. Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman

Special Awards Winners – Henry Fonda
Walter F. Diehl, International President of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators, has been an active force in advancing the well-being of the Broadway theatre and of theatre nationally.
Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre Center, Waterford, Connecticut

👤 📅1 January 2009
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