59th Tony Awards
|59th Tony Awards|
Official poster for the 59th annual Tony Awards
|Date||June 5, 2005|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York|
|Hosted by||Hugh Jackman|
|Most awards||The Light in the Piazza (6)|
|Most nominations||Spamalot (14)|
This was the first year the craft category awards (costume, scenic, lighting) were divided into plays and musicals.
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.
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.
The following is a list of all the songs in host Hugh Jackman’s medley “I Won’t Dance,” a tribute to musical theater songs about dancing. Jackman received his second prime time Emmy nomination for his performance.
“Never Gonna Dance” (see above)
“Never Gonna Dance” (see above)
“I Won’t Dance” (see above)
“Begin the Beguine” (see above)
“I Won’t Dance”, “Never Gonna Dance” and “Broadway Melody Ballet” (see above)
“Oklahoma!” from Oklahoma! (1943), music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II (a nod to Jackman’s role as Curly in the 1998 London revival at the Royal National Theatre and in the subsequent 1999 musical film)
“Broadway Melody Ballet” (see above)
- 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.
Winners and nomineesEdit
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 at the time, followed by Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Light in the Piazza with 11 nominations each.
Winners are in bold
Special Tony AwardsEdit
- Billy Crystal 700 Sundays
- Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance
- Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore
- Whoopi: The 20th Anniversary Show
Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
- Jones, Kenneth. " 'Doubt' Is Best Play, 'Spamalot' Best Musical; Butz, Irwin, Clark, Jones, Nichols Win 2005 Tonys" Archived 2013-11-04 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 5, 2005
- Gans, Andrew. 59th Annual Antoinette Perry Awards Presented June 5" playbill.com, June 5, 2005
- Andrew Gans; Morgan Allen; Robert Simonson (2005-05-10). "2004-2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-08-31.