56th Tony Awards

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56th Tony Awards
56th Tony Awards.jpg
Official poster for the 56th annual Tony Awards
Date June 2, 2002
Location Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Hosted by Bernadette Peters
Gregory Hines
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS

The 56th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall on June 2, 2002 and broadcast by CBS. "The First Ten" awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television. The event was co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines.[1]

The ceremony[edit]

The show opened with a tribute to Richard Rodgers, featuring a medley of his songs performed by Marvin Hamlisch, Harry Connick Jr, Michele Lee, Mos Def, Lea Salonga, Peter Gallagher, John Raitt, Bernadette Peters, Gregory Hines, and the company of Oklahoma! A Broadway/New York song medley was performed by Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines.[2]

Presentations from nominated musicals:[2]

The First Ten awards were presented prior to the full ceremony and broadcast on PBS. The awards presented were: Best Direction of a Play, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Choreography, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design. There were also interviews and "rehearsal and performance clips from the nominated shows."[3]

The broadcast won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program; the director was Glenn Weiss.[4]

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 Best Special Theatrical Event

Special awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gans, Andrew."Tony News: Musical Numbers and Likely Presenters for the June 2 Broadcast" playbill.com, May 23, 2002
  2. ^ a b "Year by Year 2002" tonyawards.com, accessed April 28, 2011
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew."Together Again: PBS and CBS Will Televise Tony 2002 Awards" playbill.com, March 7, 2002
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew."2002 Tony Awards Telecast Wins an Emmy" playbill.com, September 22, 2003

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