52nd Tony Awards
|52nd Tony Awards|
|Date||June 7, 1998|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York City|
|Hosted by||Rosie O'Donnell|
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held on June 7, 1998 at Radio City Music Hall and was broadcast by CBS television. A documentaries segment was telecast on PBS television. The ceremony was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell, who hosted a total of three times (1997, 1998, and 2000).
This ceremony is notable for its Best Direction of a Play and Best Direction of a Musical winners both being female, the first time a female has won either award. The writer of the Best Play winner was also female, the second female winner of the award.
The Lion King`s win made it the first franchise to complete EGOT status.
The opening number was "Broadway Divas", with Rosie O'Donnell and the Chicago dancers introducing: Patti LuPone ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from Evita); Jennifer Holliday ("And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls); and Betty Buckley ("Memory" from Cats).
- Ragtime ("Ragtime" – Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald and Company)
- The Sound of Music ("Wedding"/"Do-Re-Mi"/"The Sound of Music" Finale – Rebecca Luker and Company)
- 1776 ("Sit Down, John" – Richard Poe and Company)
- The Lion King ("Circle of Life" – Tsidii Le Loka and Company)
- Cabaret ("Willkommen" – Alan Cumming and Company)
- Side Show ("I Will Never Leave You" – Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel ("Into the Fire" – Douglas Sills and Company)
Winners and nominees
Winners are in bold
- Regional Theater Tony Award
- Denver Center Theatre Company
- Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
- Ben Edwards
- Edward E. Colton
- Tony Honor Winner
- The International Theatre Institute of the United States
- Tony Awards Official website