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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[1] for the third time in a row.

59th Tony Awards
59th Tony Awards.jpg
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)
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS

This was the first year the craft category awards (costume, scenic, lighting) were divided into plays and musicals.

Contents

The ceremonyEdit

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.

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.

I Won’t Dance” from Roberta (1935), music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Never Gonna Dance” from Swing Time (1936), music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Dorothy Fields

You’re Just in Love” from Call Me Madam (1950), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

“Never Gonna Dance” (see above)

Broadway Melody Ballet” from Singin’ in the Rain (1952), music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed

“I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story (1957), music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

“Never Gonna Dance” (see above)

But Not for Me” from Girl Crazy (1930) music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin

Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry” from The Fleet’s In (1942), music by Victor Schertzinger and lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Shall We Dance” from Shall We Dance (1937), music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin

“I Won’t Dance” (see above)

Do I Hear A Waltz?” from Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965), music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Begin the Beguine” from Jubilee (1935), music and lyrics by Cole Porter

Shake Your Booty” (1976) by KC and the Sunshine Band

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” from Thumbs Up! (1934), music and lyrics by James F. Hanley

The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine

Sing” (1971) from Sesame Street, music and lyrics by Joe Raposo

“Begin the Beguine” (see above)

Let’s Face the Music and Dance” from Follow the Fleet (1936), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

“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)

Top Hat” from Top Hat (1936), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

I Feel a Song Coming On,” from Every Night at Eight (1935), music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls (1950), music by and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl (1968), music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill

“Broadway Melody Ballet” (see above)

Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” from Mammy (1930), music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

That’s Entertainment” from The Band Wagon (1953), music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz

PerformancesEdit

Source:Playbill[2]

New musicals

Revivals

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.[3]

Source:Playbill[1]

Winners are in bold

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival of a Play Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design of a Play Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Play Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography Best Orchestrations

Special Tony AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 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
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. 59th Annual Antoinette Perry Awards Presented June 5" playbill.com, June 5, 2005
  3. ^ Andrew Gans; Morgan Allen; Robert Simonson (2005-05-10). "2004-2005 Tony Nominations Announced; Spamalot Garners 14 Nominations". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-08-31. 

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