| June 2, 1996|
| Nathan Lane|
| Majestic Theatre, New York City, New York|
The 50th Annual Tony Awards was broadcast by CBS from the Majestic Theatre on June 2, 1996. Nathan Lane was the host.
50th Tony Awards Wikipedia
The opening number was "The Show Must Go On" performed by Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters, with Tony Award Alumni.
Presenters included: Bea Arthur, Edward Albee, Christine Baranski, Harry Belafonte, Matthew Broderick, Diahann Carroll, Hume Cronyn, Nanette Fabray, Robert Goulet, Gregory Hines, Uta Hagen, James Earl Jones, John Lithgow, Liza Minnelli, Patricia Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernadette Peters, John Rubinstein, Jane Seymour, Ron Silver, Lily Tomlin, Ben Vereen, Eli Wallach, Ray Walston, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Musicals represented:A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ("Comedy Tonight" - Nathan Lane and Company);
The King and I ("Shall We Dance?" - Lou Diamond Phillips, Donna Murphy, and children);
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk ("Taxi"/"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" - Savion Glover, Ann Duquesnay, Jeffrey Wright, and Company);
Big ("Fun" - Daniel Jenkins and Company);
State Fair ("All I Owe I-Oh-Way"-John Davidson, Andrea McArdle, and Company);
Rent ("Seasons of Love"/"La Vie Boheme" - Anthony Rapp, Taye Diggs, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel and Company);
Chronicle of a Death Foretold;
Swinging on a Star ("Swinging on a Star" - Company)
Winners are in boldSpecial Regional Theatre Award
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