- 62nd Tony Awards
Infobox Tony Awards
name = 62nd
June 15 2008
Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY
last = 61st
next = 63rdThe 62nd Tony Awards ceremony was held on Sunday,
June 15, 2008. CBStelevision broadcast the event from Radio City Music Hallin New York Cityas it has since the 51st Awards (1997). The event recognized the Broadway shows playing during the 2007– 2008season and was hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.cite web|url=http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117539.html|title=Whoopi Goldberg Will Host 2008 Tony Awards|last=Gans|first=Andrew|date=2008-05-08|work= Playbill|accessdate=2008-05-10]
The cut-off date for eligibility in the 2007–08 season was
May 7, 2008. The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced eligibility rules for many of the award categories. [ [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/114480.html "Tony Committee Announces More Eligibility for 2008; Morton and Dunagan in Best Actress Slot", January 22, 2008 (Playbill)] ] [ [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117554.html Gans, Andrew. "Tony Rulings: "Glory Days" Not Eligible for Nomination But "Gypsy's" Laurents Is", May 8, 2008 (Playbill)] ] Two new categories debuted during the ceremony: Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Play. [cite web|title=tonyawards|url=http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/news/articles/2007-09-19/200709191190207142125.html|publisher=American Theatre Wing|date=2007-09-19|accessdate=2007-09-19]
The Tony Award nominations announcement was made on
May 13, 2008by David Hyde Pierceand Sara Ramirez. "In the Heights", which premiered Off-Broadway, garnered the most nominations of any show with 13. "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific" received 11, the second most of any revival to date (one of these was in the new "sound design" category). The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "" earned seven nominations. The revival of " Sunday in the Park With George" took nine nominations, the revival of "Gypsy" received seven, as did the new musical " Passing Strange".
The "Visa Signature Tonys Preview Concert" was taped at Jazz at
Lincoln Centeron May 11 and will be broadcast on CBS television affiliates in June. The concert features performances from 10 Tony-eligible musicals as well as interviews with Tony nominees. [ [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/118178.html playbill article] ] The Antoinette PerryAwards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American theatre.
The initial list of presenters was announced on June 2, 2008. [ [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/118280.html Playbill June 2, 2008] ] Additional presenters were announced on June 5. [ [http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=28658 Pierce, Connick, Tomlin and More Added To Tony Presenters] , BroadwayWorld.com,
June 5, 2008] [ [http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/tonynight/presenters/index.html The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards - Official Website by IBM] ]
Harry Connick, Jr.
David Hyde Pierce
Starting the 62nd Tony Awards was the cast of "The Lion King" with "Circle of Life", celebrating the show's 10th anniversary.
The cast of "Grease" featuring
Max Crummand Laura Osnesas Danny and Sandy as chosen by the television audience as part of reality TV show, performed "Grease" and "We Go Together (Reprise)." Patti LuPoneperformed " Everything's Coming Up Roses" with Boyd Gainesand Laura Benantifrom "Gypsy".
The cast of "South Pacific" performed a medley of "
There Is Nothin' Like A Dame", " Some Enchanted Evening", and (I'm in Love with) a Wonderful Guy Daniel Evansand Jenna Russellperformed "Move On" from " Sunday in the Park with George".
The cast of "Cry-Baby" performed "A Little Upset".
Stew and the cast of "
Passing Strange" featuring Daniel Breaker and De'Adre Aziza performed "Keys". Lin-Manuel Mirandaand the cast of " In the Heights" performed "96,000".
The cast of "Xanadu" performed "Don't Walk Away".
The three new musicals that were not nominated for Best Musical also gave abbreviated performances of a song from each show.
Sierra Boggessperformed "Part of Your World" from "The Little Mermaid". Faith Princeperformed "Vision" from " A Catered Affair" as Leslie Kritzer and Matt Cavenaugh danced in the background. Megan Mullallyand Shuler Hensleyperformed "Deep Love" from "Young Frankenstein".
The current cast of "Rent" performed part of
La Vie Boheme, introduced by original cast member Anthony Rapp. Rapp then invited the rest of the original cast on stage and they performed part of Seasons of Love. All of the original cast members were there except for Kristen Lee Kelly and Jesse L. Martin. The current and original cast members came together for the performance to commemorate the revolutionary show's closing in September 2008.
[ [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117686.html 2007-2008 Tony Nominations Announced; In the Heights Earns 13 Noms] ,
Playbill, May 13, 2008]
Winners and nominees
"(winners are in bold)"
Best Revival of a Play
*"Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti
The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter
Les Liaisons dangereuses" by Christopher Hampton
Macbeth" by Shakespeare
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Ben Daniels, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood"
Mark Rylance, "Boeing Boeing"
Rufus Sewell, "Rock 'n' Roll"
Patrick Stewart, "Macbeth"
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Eve Best, "The Homecoming"
Deanna Dunagan, "August: Osage County"
Kate Fleetwood, "Macbeth"
S. Epatha Merkerson, "Come Back, Little Sheba"
Amy Morton, "August: Osage County"
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
*Daniel Evans, "Sunday in the Park With George"
Lin-Manuel Miranda, "In the Heights"
Stew, "Passing Strange"
Paulo Szot, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Tom Wopat, "A Catered Affair"
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kerry Butler, "Xanadu"
Patti LuPone, "Gypsy"
Kelli O'Hara, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Faith Prince, "A Catered Affair"
Jenna Russell, "Sunday in the Park With George"
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Sinead Cusack, "Rock 'n' Roll"
Mary McCormack, "Boeing-Boeing"
Laurie Metcalf, "November"
Martha Plimpton, "Top Girls"
Rondi Reed, "August: Osage County"
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Daniel Breaker, "Passing Strange"
Danny Burstein, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Robin De Jesús, "In The Heights"
*Christopher Fitzgerald, "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein"
Boyd Gaines, "Gypsy"
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
de'Adre Aziza, "Passing Strange"
Andrea Martin, "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein"
Laura Benanti, "Gypsy"
Olga Merediz, "In The Heights"
Loretta Ables Sayre, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
*"Cry-Baby", Music & Lyrics:
David Javerbaum& Adam Schlesinger
*"In the Heights", Music & Lyrics:
*"The Little Mermaid", Music:
Alan Menkenand Lyrics: Howard Ashmanand Glenn Slater
Passing Strange", Music & Lyrics: Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Stew
Best Direction of a Play
Maria Aitken, "The 39 Steps"
Conor McPherson, "The Seafarer"
*Anna D. Shapiro, "August: Osage County"
Matthew Warchus, "Boeing-Boeing"
Best Direction of a Musical
*Sam Buntrock, "Sunday in the Park with George"
*Thomas Kail, "In The Heights"
Arthur Laurents, "Gypsy"
Bartlett Sher, "Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific "
Rob Ashford, "Cry-Baby"
*Andy Blankenbuehler, "In The Heights"
Christopher Gattelli, "Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific "
*Dan Knechtges, "Xanadu"
*Jason Carr, "Sunday in the Park with George"
Alex Lacamoire& Bill Sherman, "In the Heights"
*Stew and Heidi Rodewald, "Passing Strange"
Jonathan Tunick, "A Catered Affair"
Best Scenic Design of a Play
*Peter McKintosh, "The 39 Steps"
Scott Pask, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
*Todd Rosenthal, "August: Osage County"
*Anthony Ward, "Macbeth"
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
*David Farley and Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network, "Sunday in the Park with George"
*Anna Louizos, "In the Heights"
* Michael Yeargan, "Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific "
*Robin Wagner, "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein "
Best Costume Design of a Play
*Gregory Gale, "Cyrano de Bergerac"
*Rob Howell, "Boeing-Boeing"
*Katrina Lindsay, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
*Peter McKintosh, "The 39 Steps"
Best Costume Design of a Musical
*David Farley, "Sunday in the Park with George"
Martin Pakledinaz, "Gypsy"
*Paul Tazewell, "In the Heights"
Catherine Zuber, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Best Lighting Design of a Play
*Kevin Adams, "The 39 Steps"
*Howard Harrison, "Macbeth"
Donald Holder, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
Ann G. Wrightson, "August: Osage County"
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington, "Sunday in the Park with George"
Howell Binkley, "In the Heights"
Donald Holder, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
Natasha Katz, "The Little Mermaid"
Best Sound Design of a Play
*Simon Baker, "Boeing-Boeing"
*Adam Cork, "Macbeth"
*Ian Dickson, "Rock 'n' Roll"
*Mic Pool, "The 39 Steps"
Best Sound Design of a Musical
*Acme Sound Partners, "In the Heights"
*Sebastian Frost, "Sunday in the Park with George"
*Scott Lehrer, "Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific"
*Dan Moses Schreier, "Gypsy"
Special Tony Awards Regional Theatre Tony Award:* Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Special Tony Award:*
Robert Russell Bennett(for achievements in orchestration)
Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:*
2008 in theater
* [http://www.TonyAwards.com The official website of the Tony Awards]
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