2011 Tony Award Ceremony Earns 4th Emmy

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Tony AwardsOn September 23, the 65th Annual Tony Awards telecast (2011) was honored with its fourth Emmy Award for the year. Glenn Weiss accepted the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special. This was not Mr. Weiss’s first time honored for directing the Tonys: He won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2003 for the 56th Annual Tony Awards and is also the Emmy-winning Executive Producer of the Tony telecast, together with Ricky Kirshner.

The 2011 Tony Awards telecast had previously won three Emmy Awards. Those categories, which were included in the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony held a week prior, were as follows:

Outstanding Special Class Program
Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer; Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer and Neil Patrick Harris, Host/Producer

Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming
Steve Bass, Production Designer
Seth Easter, Art Director

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics
Song Title: “It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore”
Music by Adam Schlesinger
Lyrics by David Javerbaum

The 2011 Tony telecast was also nominated in the Best Writing for a Variety Special (Dave Boone, with special material by Paul Greenberg).

Kirshner and Weiss previously won the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Special Class Programs Category in 2011 for the 64th Annual Tony Awards, 2010 for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards, 2008 for the 61st Annual Tony Awards and 2007 for the 60th Annual Tony Awards. They won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special in 2005 for the 58th Annual Tony Awards. Weiss was also the recipient of the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2003 for the 56th Annual Tony Awards. Kirshner and Weiss have acted as executive producers of the Tony Awards telecast for the past seven years.  Dave Boone was honored with an Emmy in 2011 and 2010 in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards.