56th Tony Awards
The 56th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall on June 2, 2002 and broadcast by CBS. "The First Ten" awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television. The event was co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines.
|56th Tony Awards|
Official poster for the 56th annual Tony Awards
|Date||June 2, 2002|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York|
|Hosted by||Bernadette Peters|
|Most awards||Thoroughly Modern Millie (6)|
|Most nominations||Thoroughly Modern Millie (11)|
|Produced by||Ricky Kirshner|
|Directed by||Glenn Weiss|
The show opened with a tribute to Richard Rodgers, featuring a medley of his songs performed by Marvin Hamlisch, Harry Connick Jr., Michele Lee, Mos Def, Lea Salonga, Peter Gallagher, John Raitt, Bernadette Peters, Gregory Hines, and the company of Oklahoma! A Broadway/New York song medley was performed by Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines.
Presentations from nominated musicals:
- Into the Woods: "Children Will Listen", "Ever After" and "Into the Woods" - Vanessa Williams, John McMartin, Company
- Mamma Mia!: "I Have a Dream", "Money, Money, Money", "Mamma Mia", "Chiquitita" and "Dancing Queen" - Louise Pitre, Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, Tina Maddigan, Company
- Thoroughly Modern Millie: "Forget About the Boy"/"Thoroughly Modern Millie" - Sutton Foster, Anne L. Nathan, Casey Nicholaw, Noah Racey, Company
- Sweet Smell of Success: "Dirt" - John Lithgow, Company
- Urinetown: "Run, Freedom, Run" - Hunter Foster, Spencer Kayden, Jeff McCarthy, Company
- Oklahoma!: "The Farmer and the Cowman" - Company
The First Ten awards were presented prior to the full ceremony and broadcast on PBS. The awards presented were: Best Direction of a Play, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Choreography, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design. There were also interviews and "rehearsal and performance clips from the nominated shows."
Winners and nomineesEdit
Winners are in bold
Multiple nominations and awardsEdit
These productions had multiple nominations:
The following productions received multiple awards.
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