Tony Awards 1981

Actor (Featured Role–Musical) Winner – Hinton Battle (Sophisticated Ladies)
Nominees: Tony Azito (The Pirates of Penzance)
Lee Roy Reams (42nd Street)
Paxton Whitehead (Camelot)

Actor (Featured Role–Play) Winner – Brian Backer (The Floating Light Bulb)
Nominees: Tom Aldredge (The Little Foxes)
Adam Redfield (A Life)
Shepperd Strudwick (To Grandmother’s House We Go)

Actor (Musical) Winner – Kevin Kline (The Pirates of Penzance)
Nominees: Gregory Hines (Sophisticated Ladies)
George Rose (The Pirates of Penzance)
Martin Vidnovic (Brigadoon)

Actor (Play) Winner – Ian McKellen (Amadeus)
Nominees: Tim Curry (Amadeus)
Roy Dotrice (A Life)
Jack Weston (The Floating Light Bulb)

Actress (Featured Role–Musical) Winner – Marilyn Cooper (Woman of the Year)
Nominees: Phyllis Hyman (Sophisticated Ladies)
Wanda Richert (42nd Street)
Lynne Thigpen (Tintypes)

Actress (Featured Role–Play) Winner – Swoosie Kurtz (Fifth of July)
Nominees: Maureen Stapleton (The Little Foxes)
Jessica Tandy (Rose)
Zoe Wanamaker (Piaf)

Actress (Musical) Winner – Lauren Bacall (Woman of the Year)
Nominees: Meg Bussert (Brigadoon)
Chita Rivera (Bring Back Birdie)
Linda Ronstadt (The Pirates of Penzance)

Actress (Play) Winner – Jane Lapotaire (Piaf)
Nominees: Glenda Jackson (Rose)
Eva Le Gallienne (To Grandmother’s House We Go)
Elizabeth Taylor (The Little Foxes)

Book (Musical) Winner – Woman of the Year by Peter Stone
Nominees: 42nd Street. by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
The Moony Shapiro Songbook by Monty Norman and Julian More
Tintypes by Mary Kyte

Choreographer Winner – Gower Champion (42nd Street)
Nominees: Graciela Daniele (The Pirates of Penzance)
Henry le Tan, Donald McKayle, and Michael Smuin (Sophisticated Ladies)
Roland Petit (Can-Can)

Costume Designer Winner – Willa Kim (Sophisticated Ladies)
Nominees: Theoni V. Aldredge (42nd Street)
John Bury (Amadeus)
Franca Squarciapino (Can-Can)

Director (Musical) Winner – Wilford Leach (The Pirates of Penzance)
Nominees: Gower Champion (42nd Street)
Robert Moore (Woman of the Year)
Michael Smuin (Sophisticated Ladies)

Director (Play) Winner – Peter Hall (Amadeus)
Nominees: Peter Coe (A Life)
Marshall W. Mason (Fifth of July)
Austin Pendleton (The Little Foxes)

Lighting Designer Winner – John Bury (Amadeus)
Nominees: Tharon Musser (42nd Street)
Dennis Parichy (Fifth of July)
Jennifer Tipton (Sophisticated Ladies)

Musical Winner – 42nd Street. Produced by David Merrick
Nominees: Sophisticated Ladies. Produced by Roger S. Berlind, Manheim Fox, Sondra Gilman, Burton L. Litwin, Louise Westergaard, Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation, and Norzar Productions, Inc.
Tintypes. Produced by Richmond Crinkley, Royal Pardon Productions, Ivan Block, Larry J. Silva, Eve Skina, and Joan F. Tobin
Woman of the Year. Produced by Lawrence Kasha, David S. Landay, James M. Nederlander, Warner Theater Productions, Claire Nichtern, Carole J. Shorenstein, and Stewart F. Lane

Play Winner – Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. Produced by The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth I. McCann, Nelle Nugent, and Roger S. Berlind
Nominees: A Lesson From Aloes by Athol Fugard. Produced by Jay J. Cohen, Richard Press, Louis Bush Hager Associates, and Yale Repertory Theater
A Life by Hugh Leonard. Produced by Lester Osterman, Richard Horner, Hinks Shimberg, and Freydberg-Cutler-Diamond Productions
Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson. Produced by Jerry Arrow, Robert Lussier, and Warner Theater Productions

Regional Theatre Award Winner – Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island

Reproduction (Play or Musical) Winner – The Pirates of Penzance. Produced by Joseph Pappand The New York Shakespeare Festival
Nominees: Brigadoon. Produced by Zev Bufman and The Shubert Organization
Camelot. Produced by Mike Merrick and Don Gregory
The Little Foxes. Produced by Zev Bufman, Donald C. Carter and Jon Cultler

Scenic Designer Winner – John Bury (Amadeus)
Nominees: John Lee Beatty (Fifth of July)
Santo Loquasto (The Suicide)
David Mitchell (Can-Can)

Score Winner – Woman of the Year. Music by John Kander, lyrics byFred Ebb
Nominees: Charlie and Algernon. Music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by David Rogers
Copperfield. Music and lyrics by Al Kasha andJoel Hirschhorn
Shakespeare’s Cabaret. Music by Lance Mulcahy

Special Awards Winner – Lena Horne, for Lena Home: The Lady and Her Music

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