61st Tony Awards
|61st Tony Awards|
Official poster for the 61st annual Tony Awards
|Date||June 10, 2007|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York|
|Hosted by||No formal host|
The 61st Annual Tony Award ceremony was held on June 10, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall, with CBS television broadcasting live. The cut-off date for eligibility was May 9, meaning that to be qualified for the 2006-2007 season, shows must have opened before or on this date.
This Tony Awards telecast won an Emmy Award, Outstanding Special Class Program, at the 59th Creative Arts Emmy Awards presented on September 8, 2007. Glenn Weiss, the director of the awards show, received a Directors Guild of America Awards nomination, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety (television).
As at the 2006 Tony Award ceremony, there was no formal host and the show was emceed by the presenters.
The opening number showed the cast of A Chorus Line in rehearsal clothing dancing and singing "I Hope I Get It," outside of Radio City Music Hall accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch on the piano, with the cast then ending on the stage in full gold costumes performing "One".
The following musicals or performers performed:
- 110 in the Shade ("Raunchy") – Audra McDonald and John Cullum
- Grey Gardens ("The Revolutionary Costume for Today") – Christine Ebersole
- Spring Awakening (medley of "Mama Who Bore Me," "The Bitch of Living," and "Totally Fucked")* – Company
- Curtains ("Show People") – Company
- Mary Poppins (medley of "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Step in Time," and "Anything Can Happen") – Company
- Company ("Being Alive") – Raul Esparza
- "American Idol" winner and replacement star Fantasia Barrino performed a song from The Color Purple (musical) in honor of Regional Theater Tony Winner Alliance Theater in Atlanta, GA, where the show premiered.
*(Because it was a live TV performance, the lyrics to "The Bitch of Living" and "Totally Fucked" were altered for that night's performance.)
Winners and nominees
- Winners are in bold.
Nominations and wins tally
|110 in the Shade||5||-|
|A Chorus Line||2||-|
|A Moon for the Misbegotten||1||-|
|Inherit the Wind||4||-|
|Jay Johnson: The Two and Only||1||1|
|Kiki and Herb||1||-|
|Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me||1||-|
|The Apple Tree||1||-|
|The Coast of Utopia||10||7|
|The Little Dog Laughed||2||1|
|The Year of Magical Thinking||1||-|
Special Tony Award
- Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!, Producers: Roger Alan Gindi, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Dan Whitten, Herbert Goldsmith Productions, Ken Grossman, Bob & Rhonda Silver, Michael A. Jenkins/Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., Wetrock Entertainment
- Kiki & Herb Alive on Broadway, Producers: David J. Foster, Jared Geller, Ruth Hendel, Jonathan Reinis, Inc., Billy Zavelson, Jamie Cesa, Anne Strickland Squadron, Jennifer Manocherian, Gary Allen, Melvin Honowitz
- Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, Georgia
- Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
- Not awarded
- Playbill News: 2006-2007 "Tony Nominations Announced; 'Spring Awakening' Garners 11 Noms" playbill.com, May 2007
- "List of nominees" tonyawards.com
- Gans, Andrew. "Creative Arts Emmy Awards — Featuring Stritch Win — Broadcast Sept. 15" playbill.com, September 15, 2007
- Gans, Andrew. 61st Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards to Be Presented June 10", playbill.com, June 10, 2007
- "The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards - Official Website" tonyawards.com