|32nd Tony Awards|
|Date||June 4, 1978|
|Location||Shubert Theatre, New York City, New York|
|Hosted by||Tony Bennet|
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS television on June 4, 1978, from the Shubert Theatre in New York City. This was the first time that CBS broadcast the ceremony, which had previously been shown on the ABC television network.
Presenters were Ed Asner, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Carol Channing, Bonnie Franklin, Robert Guillaume, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Linda Lavin, Jack Lemmon, Hal Linden, Roy Scheider, and Dick Van Patten.
Bonnie Franklin introduced each segment from her seat in the audience. Bob Hope presented the "Lawrence Langer" Special Award to Irving Berlin, who was not present at the ceremony. The theme of the ceremony was "footlights", with each presenter telling of the first time they saw live theatre.
- The Act ("City Lights" – Liza Minnelli and Company)
- Ain't Misbehavin' ("Ladies Who Sing with the Band"/"Off Time" – Company)
- Dancin' ("Sing, Sing, Sing" – Company)
- On the Twentieth Century ("On The Twentieth Century" – Company)
- Runaways (Medley – Company)
Winners and nominees
Winners are in bold
- Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre – Irving Berlin
- Theatre Award '78 – To the creators, Charles Moss and Stan Dragoti (of Wells, Rich, Greene, Inc.) of the I Love New York Broadway Show Tours and William S. Doyle, Deputy Commissioner, the New York State Department of Commerce
- Regional Theatre Award – The Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut
- Thomas, Robert Jr.New York Times, "Ain't Misbehavin" and Da Win Tonys", June 5, 1978, p.C18