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27th Tony Awards

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March 25, 1973


Imperial Theatre, New York City, New York

Hosted by
Rex Harrison, Celeste Holm, Sandy Duncan and Jerry Orbach

The 27th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held on March 25, 1973 at the Imperial Theatre in New York City, and broadcast by ABC television. Hosts were Rex Harrison, Celeste Holm and co-hosts were Sandy Duncan and Jerry Orbach.


The ceremony

The ceremony opened with a song-and-dance medley performed by Gwen Verdon, Paula Kelly, Helen Gallagher and Donna McKechnie.

The theme was the global reach of Broadway. The "Wide World of Broadway" featured narrations by Rex Harrison, Walter Slezak, Rossano Brazzi, Yul Brynner and Peter Ustinov, who brought the viewers to: Vienna: West Side Story; Tokyo: The King and I; Milan: Ciao, Rudy; Paris: Hello, Dolly!; London: Show Boat; Zagreb, Yugoslavia: Man of La Mancha; and Wichita Falls, Texas: My Fair Lady.

Musicals represented:

  • Pippin ("Magic To Do"- Ben Vereen and Company)
  • A new series of awards was started this year, termed "Theater Awards '73", renewable annually.

    This was the fourth time that Julie Harris won a Tony Award (and her sixth nomination); she won a total of five with a sixth for Lifetime Achievement.

    Winners and nominees

    Winners are in bold

    Special awards

    These awards were given under the new title of "Theater Awards '73".

  • John Lindsay, Mayor of New York City (construction of legitimate theaters)
  • Actors' Fund of America (honored for 90 years of assistance to needy and elderly theater people)
  • Shubert Organization (for nearly 75 years of activity as well as for the Shubert Foundation)
  • References

    27th Tony Awards Wikipedia

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