Norm Lewis hosted the show, which was presented by The Broadway League and United Airlines.
Stars of the Tony-nominated revival bring some Southern charm to morning television.
An initial list of performers for the event has been announced.
Jessie Mueller, Chris O'Dowd, Laura Osnes, and more were on hand to meet the press and receive their certificates.
The newly minted honorees gather for the yearly Tony press junket at the Paramount Hotel.
Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley's musical also stars Colin Donnell and Joshua Henry.
Jeanine Tesori's soulful musical about the journey of a girl with a facial scar makes it to the main stem.
PS Classics will record the show for a record released on June 3.
The Cabaret director was honored at the Hammerstein Ballroom with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre.