40th Tony Awards

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40th Tony Awards
Date June 1, 1986
Location Minskoff Theatre, New York City
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 40th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held on June 1, 1986 at the Minskoff Theatre and was broadcast by CBS television.

The ceremony[edit]

The opening number was "Wanna Sing A Show Tune". The special number was "Forty Years of Broadway Show Music", which included songs from musicals including Annie, Big River, Finian's Rainbow, Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, and Sweet Charity. The finale was the company singing "Give My Regards to Broadway".[1][2]

There were also vignettes from past Tony Award winning plays.[3][2]

The presenters and performers were: Debbie Allen, Susan Anton, Bea Arthur, Nell Carter, Agnes de Mille, José Ferrer, Sandy Duncan, Phyllis Frelich, Helen Hayes, Michael Kidd, Cleo Laine, Jack Lemmon, Hal Linden, John V. Lindsay, Dorothy Loudon, Karen Morrow, Bernadette Peters, Stefanie Powers, Juliet Prowse, Tony Randall, Lee Roy Reams, Ann Reinking, Lee Remick, Alfonso Ribeiro, Chita Rivera, John Rubinstein, Rex Smith, Marlo Thomas, Leslie Uggams, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Ben Vereen, David Wayne, Tom Wopat.[2][4]

Musicals that performed were Big Deal ("Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar" - Company); Song & Dance ("Unexpected Song" - Bernadette Peters); Tango Argentino (Dance Excerpts - Company); and Drood ("There You Are"/"Don't Quit While You're Ahead" - George Rose and Company).[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are in bold

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival Best Book of a Musical
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 Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Scenic Design Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design

Special award[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ceremonies, 1986" tonyawards.com, retrieved June 7, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: A Backwards Glance—the 1986 Tony Awards PLUS McDonald and 'Evita' Recordings" playbill.com, July 21, 2006
  3. ^ Nemy, Enid. "Five Tonys Are Won By 'Drood'", The New York Times, June 2, 1986, p.C13
  4. ^ "The 40th Annual Tony Awards-1986" playbillvault.com, accessed June 20, 2013

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