59th Tony Awards
|59th Tony Awards|
Official poster for the 59th annual Tony Awards
|Date||June 5, 2005|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York|
This was the first year the craft category awards (costume, scenic, lighting) were divided into plays and musicals.
For the opening number Bernadette Peters sang "Another Op’nin’ Another Show" from Kiss Me, Kate, which was followed by a video montage of the musicals that opened during the 2004-2005 season, as well as short excerpts of those performing that evening. In other special performances, Hugh Jackman sang and danced in a tribute to songs about dancing and Aretha Franklin and Hugh Jackman performed a duet of "Somewhere" from West Side Story.
The award presenters included: Angela Bassett, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle, Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Hathaway, Nathan Lane, Sandra Oh, James Earl Jones, Bernadette Peters, and Chita Rivera.
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow and members of the company performed "Great Big Stuff".
- The Light in the Piazza: Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara with Matthew Morrison and members of the company performed "Statues and Stories".
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: The company, joined by Al Sharpton, performed the title song and "Prayer of the Comfort Counselor."
- Monty Python's Spamalot: Sara Ramirez and Tim Curry with the voice of John Cleese performed "Find Your Grail" with the company.
- Sweet Charity: The company did a medley from the show. The female chorus performed "Hey, Big Spender" and Christina Applegate performed 'If My Friends Could See Me Now' and 'I'm a Brass Band'
- La Cage aux Folles: Gary Beach and the company performed the title song.
Winners and nominees
The nominees were announced on May 10, 2005 by Alan Cumming, Lynn Redgrave, Kate Burton and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Monty Python's Spamalot received 14 nominations, the most of any production, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Light in the Piazza with 11 nominations each.
Winners are in bold
Special Tony Awards
- Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
- Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance
- Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore
- Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show
Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
- Jones, Kenneth. " 'Doubt' Is Best Play, 'Spamalot' Best Musical; Butz, Irwin, Clark, Jones, Nichols Win 2005 Tonys" playbill.com, June 5, 2005
- Gans, Andrew. 59th Annual Antoinette Perry Awards Presented June 5" playbill.com, June 5, 2005
- Gans, Andrew, Allen, Morgan and Simonson, Robert. 2004-2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations" playbill.com, May 10, 2005