| June 5, 2005|
| Hugh Jackman|
| Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York|
The 59th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held on June 5, 2005 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast by CBS television. Hugh Jackman hosted for the third time in a row.
This was the first year the craft category awards (costume, scenic, lighting) were divided into plays and musicals.
59th Tony Awards Wikipedia
For the opening number Bernadette Peters sang "Another Op’nin’ Another Show" from Kiss Me, Kate, which was followed by a video montage of the musicals that opened during the 2004-2005 season, as well as short excerpts of those performing that evening. In other special performances, Hugh Jackman sang and danced in a tribute to songs about dancing and Aretha Franklin and Hugh Jackman performed a duet of "Somewhere" from West Side Story.
Laura Linney gave a tribute to the late Arthur Miller and Jesse L. Martin and the cast of Chicago performed "Razzle Dazzle" in memory of Jerry Orbach and Fred Ebb.
The award presenters included: Angela Bassett, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle, Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Hathaway, Nathan Lane, Sandra Oh, James Earl Jones, Bernadette Peters, and Chita Rivera.
New musicalsDirty Rotten Scoundrels: Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow and members of the company performed "Great Big Stuff".
The Light in the Piazza: Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara with Matthew Morrison and members of the company performed "Statues and Stories".
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: The company, joined by Al Sharpton, performed the title song and "Prayer of the Comfort Counselor."
Monty Python's Spamalot: Sara Ramirez and Tim Curry with the voice of John Cleese performed "Find Your Grail" with the company.
RevivalsSweet Charity: The company did a medley from the show. The female chorus performed "Hey, Big Spender" and Christina Applegate performed 'If My Friends Could See Me Now' and 'I'm a Brass Band'
La Cage aux Folles: Gary Beach and the company performed the title song.
The nominees were announced on May 10, 2005 by Alan Cumming, Lynn Redgrave, Kate Burton and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Monty Python's Spamalot received 14 nominations, the most of any production, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Light in the Piazza with 11 nominations each.
Winners are in bold
Best Special Theatrical EventBilly Crystal 700 Sundays
Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance
Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore
Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show
Regional Theatre Tony AwardTheatre de la Jeune Lune
Lifetime Achievement in the TheatreEdward Albee
Tony Honors for Excellence in TheatrePeter Neufeld
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