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The Tony Awards is the annual televised even that celebrates performers, artists and actors of Broadway and theater. Starting in the 1940's by the American Theater Wing, the Tony Awards was a way to honor and celebrate publicly the many people of theater that worked hard to produce great performances and shows through out the year. With only 1,000 guests in attendance at the first Tony Awards, winners and other guests would dine and dance dressed in formal gowns and black tie attire. This tradition of awards and attire still holds to this day. Named for the late Antoinette Perry a producer and director, the Tony Awards began seeing more follower by being broadcast on television. Millions of viewers can see their favorite stars and have a chance to live the excitement of this star studded event. It was broadcast simultaneously on both PBS and CBS with a one hour show on PBS in the 1990's. Currently CBS still carries the Tony Awards for three hours for the enjoyment of millions of viewers worldwide. Winners of the coveted Tony Awards are presented with a black medallion perched on a base with a curved arm along with a number for tracking and their name printed on it. Many actors live to achieve the post of winning this award. Being a Tony Award winning actor, producer or set designer means more work and more money for stage plays and productions. Many television stars have made the transition to theater and have won this award that proves that they are not only a television star but a true thespian. The Tony Awards is aired annually and broadcast live for millions of viewers all over the globe. The event begins with plenty of press, interviews and red carpet affairs that viewers can enjoy for hours before and after the event.