27th Tony Awards

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27th Tony Awards
Date March 25, 1973
Location Imperial Theatre, New York City, New York
Host Rex Harrison, Celeste Holm, Sandy Duncan and Jerry Orbach
Television/Radio coverage
Network ABC
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The 27th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by ABC television on March 25, 1973 from the Imperial Theatre in New York City. Hosts were Rex Harrison, Celeste Holm and co-hosts were Sandy Duncan and Jerry Orbach.

The ceremony[edit]

The opening was a song-and-dance medley performed by Gwen Verdon, Paula Kelly, Helen Gallagher and Donna McKechnie.[1]

The theme was the global reach of Broadway. The "Wide World of Broadway" featured narrations by Rex Harrison, Walter Slezak, Rossano Brazzi, Yul Brynner and Peter Ustinov, who brought the viewers to: Vienna: West Side Story; Tokyo: The King and I; Milan: Ciao, Rudy; Paris: Hello, Dolly!; London: Show Boat; Zagreb, Yugoslavia: Man of La Mancha; and Wichita Falls, Texas: My Fair Lady.

Musicals represented:

  • Pippin ("Magic To Do"- Ben Vereen and Company)

A new series of awards was started this year, termed "Theater Awards '73", renewable annually. (New York Times, McCandlish Phillips, p. 52, 3/26/73)

This was the fourth time that Julie Harris won a Tony Award (and her sixth nomination); she won a total of five with a sixth for Lifetime Achievement.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are in bold

Best Play Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design Best Lighting Design

Special awards[edit]

  • John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City (construction of legitimate theaters)
  • Actors' Fund of America (honored for 90 years of assistance to needy and elderly theater people)
  • Shubert Organization (for nearly 75 years of activity as well as for the Shubert Foundation)

Source: (New York Times, McCandlish Phillips, p. 52, 3/26/73)

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Connor, John.New York Times, March 27, 1973, p. 95
  2. ^ Internet Broadway Database listing

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