66th Tony Awards

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66th Tony Awards
66th Tony Awards Program.jpg
Cover of the Official Program for the 66th Annual Tony Awards
Date June 10, 2012
Location Beacon Theatre
Host Neil Patrick Harris[1][2]
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 66th Annual Tony Awards was held on June 10, 2012, to recognize achievement in Broadway productions during the 2011–2012 season. The ceremony was held at the Beacon Theatre, and was broadcast live on CBS television,[3] with Neil Patrick Harris as the host.[1][2]

Eligibility[edit]

Shows that opened on Broadway during the 2011–12 season before April 27, 2012 are eligible.[4]

Ceremony[edit]

Neil Patrick Harris was the host of the ceremony. This marked the third time that Harris hosted the Tony Awards show.[5]

The telecast had 6.01 million viewers (preliminary numbers), in contrast to the 2011 Tony Awards telecast, which had 6.950 million viewers.[6]

Performances[edit]

There were performances from musicals including Evita featuring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger, Follies, with Danny Burstein singing "Buddy's Blues" and introduced by Bernadette Peters, Ghost the Musical, Godspell, Hairspray (from a production on a Royal Caribbean ship), Jesus Christ Superstar, Leap of Faith with Raúl Esparza and company, Newsies featuring Jeremy Jordan and company, Nice Work If You Can Get It with Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Broderick and company, Once featuring Steve Kazee and company, and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.[7][8] There also were performances from Tony-nominated plays, including End of the Rainbow with Tracie Bennett, One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden, and Peter and the Starcatcher, with Christian Borle, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Adam Chanler-Berat.[9]

The Book of Mormon cast members, along with Harris, started the show by singing a version of "Hello". The original musical number that opened the show had Harris singing and dancing to "What If Life Were More Like Theatre?" with Patti LuPone, Amanda Seyfried, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and company.[10] The closing musical number was "There's No Time," sung by Harris. Both the opening and closing musical numbers were written by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger.[11]

Presenters[edit]

As announced on June 1, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Christopher Plummer, Tyler Perry, Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Bernadette Peters, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin, and Sheryl Crow, among others, were presenters.[12] On June 7, Matthew Morrison, Josh Groban, and Cote de Pablo were added to the presenter line-up.[12] Other presenters included Patti LuPone, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Creative Arts awards[edit]

Several awards, named the "Creative Arts" awards, were presented prior to the main televised ceremony as well as during breaks. These included awards for: Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Choreography. These awards were announced by Norbert Leo Butz and Beth Leavel.[13][14][15]

Nominees and winners[edit]

The nominees were announced on May 1, 2012.[16] The winners were announced on June 10, 2012.[17]

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 of a Play Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography Best Orchestrations

Multiple nominations[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

Non-competitive awards[edit]

The Tony Award for Excellence in the Theatre has been awarded to Freddie Gershon, Artie Siccardi and the TDF Open Doors Program.[18] Those awards were presented at the Tony Eve Cocktail party, held on June 9, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel (Times Square).[19] The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre has been awarded to Emanuel Azenberg.[20] Bernadette Peters was presented with the Isabelle Stevenson Award and Special Tony Awards were given to Hugh Jackman and the Actors’ Equity Association.[21] The Regional Theatre Tony Award has been awarded to the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Itzkoff, Dave (April 2, 2012). "Footnote". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ng, David (April 3, 2012). "Can Neil Patrick Harris boost Tony Awards ratings?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (January 17, 2012). "66th Annual Tony Awards Set for June 10". Playbill. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Healy, Patrick (January 17, 2012). "A Date for the Tony Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 3, 2012). "Neil Patrick Harris Will Host 66th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew.Tony Awards Ratings Hit Record Low, According to Preliminary Numbers" Playbill.com, June 11, 2012
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald, Ricky Martin, Danny Burstein, Norm Lewis Will Be Featured on Tonys", Playbill.com, May 23, 2012
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew."'Leap of Faith' Will Perform on Tony Awards" Playbill.com, May 30, 2012
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew."'Godspell', 'Ghost', 'End of the Rainbow', 'One Man', 'Starcatcher', Raúl Esparza Will Perform on Tony Awards" Playbill.com, June 4, 2012
  10. ^ Gioia, Michael."THE SCREENING ROOM: "What If Life Were More Like Theatre?": Watch the Tony Awards Opening Number (Video)" Playbill.com, June 10, 2012
  11. ^ Hetrick, Adam."David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger Authored Tony Awards Opening and Closing Numbers (Plus Video)" Playbill.com, June 11, 2012
  12. ^ a b "The 2012 Tony Awards® to Feature More Performances Than Ever Before!". TonyAwards.com. June 7, 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Gans, Andrew.Norbert Leo Butz and Beth Leavel to Host Creative Arts Tony Awards Playbill.com, June 8, 2012
  14. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Judith Light, Michael McGrath Win Featured Performer Tony Awards; 'Once', 'Salesman' Have Best Direction" Playbill.com, June 10, 2012
  15. ^ Gioia, Michael."The Screening Room: Martin Lowe, Christopher Gattelli, Natasha Katz and More Accept 2012 Creative Arts Tonys (Video) June 14, 2012
  16. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Hetrick, Adam. 2012 "Tony Awards Nominations Announced; Once Earns 11 Nominations". Playbill.com, May 1, 2012
  17. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "'Once', 'Clybourne Park', 'Porgy and Bess', Audra McDonald, 'Salesman' Win Tony Awards" Playbill.com, June 10, 2012
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 12, 2012). "Recipients of Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre Announced". Playbill. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ Fullerton, Krissie."PHOTO CALL: The 2012 Tony Eve Cocktail Party" Playbill.com, June 10, 2012
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 10, 2012). "Emanuel Azenberg Will Receive Special Tony Award for Lifetime AchievemenEmanuel Azenberg Will Receive Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievementt". Playbill. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Bernadette Peters, Hugh Jackman & Actors' Equity to Receive Special Tony Awards & Honors" broadwayworld.com, April 30, 2012

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