The Antoinette Perry Awards or "Tonys" are awarded every spring to the best and brightest of the Broadway stage. Let's take a look at who won big in 1958, the season "West Side Story" first opened.
Gwen Verdon and Thelma Ritter tied for Distinguished Actress in a Musical for their performance in the George Abbott and Bob Merrill musical New Girl in Town. Already in possession of two Tonys, Verdon would go on to further acclaim in Sweet Charity and Chicago, and Ritter would return to a successful movie career.
Robert Preston took home the Tony for Distinguished Musical Actor in The Music Man. His co-star Barbara Cook beat out Carol Lawrence from West Side Story for Distinguished Supporting Actress in a Musical. Carol Lawrence's Maria was the only performance from West Side Story to get nominated in the four categories for musical actors.
The Music Man recounts the adventures of Professor Harold Hill, a con man who upon arrival in a new town convinces the residents to pay for music lessons and instruments for their youth. In his latest mark, River City, Hill's plan to skip town with the money is thwarted when he falls in love with a local librarian.
All objects included in this exhibit come from the collections at the Museum of the City of New York.
Friedman-Abeles photographs appear courtesy of the New York Public Library.
Vandamm photographs appear courtesy of the New York Public Library.
Exhibition was curated by Morgen Stevens-Garmon.