The winners of the 2018 Tony Awards were decided by 846 folks who make their living working on Broadway. The voting process began after nominations for the 72nd Tonys were announced on May 1. Voters were sent paper ballots and they had two weeks, which ended at 6 p.m. ET on Friday (June 8), to get them back to the accounting firm of Grant Thornton. These bean counters tallied the votes and winners were revealed on Sunday (June 10) during the three-hour ceremony on CBS hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban.
Not surprisingly, one of the biggest voting blocs comes from the two organizations that present these top theater honors: the non-profit American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, which represents producers. The Wing gets 75 votes allocated to members of the board and advisory council while the league gets ballots for all voting members. In addition, the 51 members of the Tony Awards nominating committee get to vote on the winners as well.
The 89 members of the national council of the Actors Equity Association cast ballots as do the 70 members of the Dramatist Guild council, the 29 members of the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the 19 members of the executive board of the United Scenic Artists.
In addition, Tony voters include up to 16 members of the Casting Society of America council, 15 members of the governing board of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, 10 members of the board of the National Association of Talent Representatives and five members of the board of Musicians Local 802.
The Tonys stand alone among the top show business awards in that certain critics can vote for the winners. These scribes who review Broadway shows represented a sizeable portion of voters until they were bounced in 2009. The following year, the Tonys relented but only invited back the two dozen or so members of the New York Drama Critics Circle.