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59th Tony Awards

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Date  June 5, 2005
Network  CBS
Hosted by  Hugh Jackman
59th Tony Awards
Location  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.

The ceremony

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 musicals

  • Dirty 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.
  • Revivals

  • Sweet 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.
  • Winners and nominees

    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

    Special Tony Awards

    Best Special Theatrical Event

  • Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
  • Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance
  • Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore
  • Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show
  • Regional Theatre Tony Award

  • Theatre de la Jeune Lune
  • Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

  • Edward Albee
  • Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre

  • Peter Neufeld
  • Theatre Communications Group
  • References

    59th Tony Awards Wikipedia

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