51st Tony Awards

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51st Tony Awards
Date June 1, 1997
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Host Rosie O'Donnell
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 51st Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 1, 1997; "Launching the Tonys" was telecast on PBS television . The event was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. The awards ceremony moved away from Broadway for the first time in 30 years, to Radio City Music Hall, which allowed members of the general public to attend the ceremony.[1]

The ceremony[edit]

The opening number: "On Broadway" - Rosie O'Donnell; "Rent" - cast of Rent; "Jellicle Cats" - cast of Cats; "I'm A Woman" - female cast of Smokey Joe's Cafe, "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" - cast of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk; "Greased Lightnin'" - Rosie O'Donnell and cast of Grease; "Be Our Guest" - cast of Beauty and the Beast.

Presenters: Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Dixie Carter, Savion Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Marilu Henner, Hal Holbrook, Swoosie Kurtz, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Roseanne, Susan Sarandon, Jimmy Smits, Marisa Tomei, Rip Torn, Leslie Ann Warren, Raquel Welch.

Musicals represented:

  • Steel Pier — "Everybody Dance" - Karen Ziemba, Gregory Harrison and Company;
  • The Life — "My Body" - Sam Harris, Lillias White and Company;
  • Annie — "Tomorrow" - Brittny Kissinger;
  • Candide — "Bon Voyage" - Jim Dale and Company;
  • Once Upon a Mattress — "Shy" - Sarah Jessica Parker and male company);
  • Chicago — "All That Jazz"/"Hot Honey Rag" - Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Company;
  • Titanic — "There She Is" - Michael Cerveris and Company.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are in bold

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

Special awards[edit]

  • Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
    • Bernard B. Jacobs (posthumously)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lefkowitz, David. "'Titanic', 'Ballyhoo' Win Top Tonys" playbill.com, June 1, 1997

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