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The 2022 Tony Awards by the numbers

June 8, 2022 by Gillian Russo
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Here are a couple Tony Award-related numbers you should know: The 2022 ceremony is the first fully in-person one in 3 years, and it’s on June 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS. Now that you’ve got the basics down, here are some more fun facts and stats about the history of Broadway’s biggest night and its 2022 nominees, many of whom have already achieved trailblazing firsts.

Plus, make sure you head to Show-Score to predict the winners of this year’s Tonys by June 10, and you could have the chance to win a $1,000 TodayTix gift card.

This year’s host, Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, is the first Latina host and third Latin American, following José Ferrer in 1965 and Anthony Quinn in 1971. DeBose is also the ninth Black Tonys host in history and the sixth Black woman.

An EGOT is a distinction given to those who’ve won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. Jennifer Hudson is only missing a Tony — but if A Strange Loop, which she is producing, wins Best Musical, she’ll get the coveted honor.

Coincidentally, Nottage is Anderson’s former writing teacher! (Nottage’s own teacher, playwright Paula Vogel, is also nominated for Best Play for How I Learned to Drive.) The two are the latest of only seven total Black women nominated for this award in Tony history.

L Morgan Lee, a Best Featured Actress nominee for A Strange Loop, is the first openly transgender acting nominee ever. In addition, The Skin of Our Teeth set designer Adam Rigg and SIX co-writer Toby Marlow are the first openly agender and non-binary nominees, respectively, in their categories.

Ceremonies usually go from about 7 to 11 p.m., beginning with the design awards. That first hour isn’t usually broadcast on TV, though this year’s ceremony will include an exclusive pre-show on Paramount+ at 7 p.m. before the CBS broadcast. For the attendees, the Tony Awards are nearly an all-day affair, though — the red carpet begins even earlier in the evening, and there are plenty of afterparties when the ceremony is done!

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Including their nominations in 2022, sound designer Ian Dickinson and playwright/director Conor McPherson have not won a Tony yet despite their 5 nominations over the years. Dickinson is nominated for Company, and McPherson is nominated for Girl From the North Country. Maybe this is their year!

Masi Asare, who is nominated this year for co-writing the lyrics for Paradise Square, is the latest Black female nominee for Best Original Score.

There are Best Leading and Best Featured Actor and Actress categories, each split up by play and musical performers. In 2022, there are at least two nominees of color in every acting category.

The new musical is the most nominated show of the season. Hamilton, though, still firmly holds the record for most nominations of all time with 16.

What’s more, they’re competing in the same category! Myles Frost, for MJ The Musical, and Billy Crystal, for Mr. Saturday Night, are both nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

This is about average for a Broadway season; recent seasons have included between 30 and 40 productions. But they weren’t as evenly spread out as usual — 15 of this season’s shows opened in April 2022 alone!

What’s more, 40 of those are being nominated for their Broadway debuts as either performers, designers, or writers.

The first ceremony was on April 6, 1947, so the 2022 ceremony marks the 75th anniversary of theatre’s biggest night. It’s the Tonys’ diamond year! 

At age 77, Santo Loquasto — who’s been nominated 23 times and won 4 times since 1973 — is the oldest individually nominated person this year with his Best Costume Design nomination for The Music Man.

The date the current Broadway season technically started. The 2020 Tony Awards only considered shows that opened before February 19, 2020, since so many openings after that got delayed or overshadowed by the pandemic. This season’s eligibility cutoff was May 4, 2022, so the 2021–22 theatre season technically lasted over two years.