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Friday, June 5, 2015

Tony Awards Flashback: 1960 - 1979



In honor of the 69th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, I thought it would be fun to look back at some past Tony Award ceremonies. So below is the first part of my three-part tribute (and I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to MissPoochSmooch for providing all the wonderful videos):

The 14th Annual Tony Awards are held at the Astor Hotel Grand Ballroom on April 24, 1960, and the ceremony is broadcast on WCBS-TV Channel 2 in New York City.

Host: Eddie Albert

Presenters include Lauren Bacall, Peggy Cass, Helen Hayes, Celeste Holm, Carol Lawrence, Vivien Leigh, Robert Morse and Christopher Plummer.

Winners include Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker), Jackie Gleason (Take Me Along), Mary Martin (The Sound of Music) and Tom Bosley (Fiorello!).

Best Play: The Miracle Worker
Best Musical: The Sound of Music and Fiorello!



The 15th Annual Tony Awards are held at NYC's Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom on April 16, 1961, and the ceremony is broadcast on WCBS-TV Channel 2 in New York City.

Host: Phil Silvers

Presenters include Anna Maria Alberghetti, Anne Bancroft, Carol Channing, Henry Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Robert Goulet, Helen Hayes, Celeste Holm, Mary Martin, Patricia Neal, Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Sidney Poitier and Robert Preston.

Winners include Richard Burton (Camelot) and Tammy Grimes (The Unsinkable Molly Brown).

Best Play: Becket
Best Musical: Bye Bye Birdie



The 21st Annual Tony Awards are the first nationally televised Tonys as ABC broadcasts them on March 26, 1967, from the Shubert Theatre.

Hosts: Mary Martin and Robert Preston

Presenters include Lauren Bacall, Harry Belafonte, Carol Burnett, John Forsythe, Angela Lansbury, Lynn Redgrave, Lee Remick and Barbra Streisand.

The ceremony features musical performances from Cabaret, The Apple Tree, I Do! I Do! and Walking Happy.

Winners include Robert Preston (I Do! I Do!), Barbara Harris (The Apple Tree) and Joel Grey (Cabaret).

Best Play: The Homecoming
Best Musical: Cabaret



The 22nd Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on NBC on April 21, 1968, from the Shubert Theatre.

Hosts: Angela Lansbury and Peter Ustinov (assisted by Jack Benny and with Alfred Drake doing narration)

Presenters include Anne Bancroft, Shirley Booth, Diahann Carroll, Sandy Dennis, Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Herman, Groucho Marx, Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall and Joanne Woodward.

The ceremony features musical performances from Golden Rainbow, The Happy Time, How Now, Dow Jones and Hallelujah, Baby! Numbers from previous Tony Award-winning musicals are also featured, including Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret and Hello, Dolly!

Winners include Zoe Caldwell (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Robert Goulet (The Happy Time), Patricia Routledge (Darling of the Day) and Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!). Special awards are also presented to Audrey Hepburn, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and Marlene Dietrich.

Best Play: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Best Musical: Hallelujah, Baby!



The 23rd Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on NBC on April 20, 1969, from the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

Hosts: Diahann Carroll and Alan King

Presenters include Lauren Bacall, Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Richard Benjamin, Betty Comden, Patty Duke, Adolph Green, Dustin Hoffman, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Ethel Merman, Robert Morse, Paula Prentiss, Robert Preston, Vanessa Redgrave, Leslie Uggams, Gwen Verdon and Shelley Winters.

The ceremony features musical performances from Zorba, Promises, Promises, 1776 and Hair. Scenes from plays (Lovers, The Great White Hope) are also presented for the first time.

Winners include James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope), Julie Harris (Forty Carats), Jerry Orbach (Promises, Promises), Angela Lansbury (Dear World), Al Pacino (Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?), Jane Alexander (The Great White Hope) and Marian Mercer (Promises, Promises). Special awards are also presented to Leonard Bernstein and Carol Burnett.

Best Play: The Great White Hope
Best Musical: 1776



The 24th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on NBC on April 19, 1970, from the Mark Hellinger Theatre.

Hosts: Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine and Walter Matthau

Presenters include Michael Caine, Jack Cassidy, Cary Grant, Patricia Neal, George C. Scott, James Stewart and Maggie Smith.

The ceremony features musical performances from Applause, Coco and Purlie.

Winners include Cleavon Little (Purlie), Tammy Grimes (Private Lives), Lauren Bacall (Applause), Blythe Danner (Butterflies Are Free) and Melba Moore (Purlie). Special awards are also presented to Sir Noël Coward, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and "Star of the Decade" Barbra Streisand.

Best Play: Borstal Boy
Best Musical: Applause



The 25th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on March 28, 1971, from the Palace Theatre.

Hosts: Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury, Anthony Quayle and Anthony Quinn

Presenters include Dick Cavett, Carol Channing and Ruby Keeler.

The ceremony salutes 25 years of Tony Award-winning musicals and their original stars with performances by Lauren Bacall (Applause), Vivian Blaine (Guys and Dolls), Tom Bosley (Fiorello!), Yul Brynner (The King and I), Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!), William Daniels (1776), Nanette Fabray (High Button Shoes), Florence Henderson (The Sound of Music), Angela Lansbury (Mame), Paul Lynde (Bye Bye Birdie), Robert Preston (The Music Man), Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!), Gwen Verdon (Damn Yankees) and many others. Unfortunately, none of the new musicals of the 1970-71 season - Company, The Me Nobody Knows and The Rothschilds - are featured.

Winners include Maureen Stapleton (The Gingerbread Lady), Hal Linden (The Rothschilds), Helen Gallagher (No, No, Nanette) and Patsy Kelly (No, No, Nanette).

Best Play: Sleuth
Best Musical: Company



The 26th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on April 23, 1972, from the Broadway Theatre.

Hosts: Henry Fonda, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov

Presenters include Ingrid Bergman, Sandy Duncan, Peter Falk, Lee Grant, Joel Grey, Jean Stapleton and Gwen Verdon.

The ceremony features musical performances from Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Jesus Christ Superstar and No, No, Nanette. Special Tony Awards are presented to Ethel Merman, who sings selections from her performances (with Hal Linden and Larry Blyden), and Richard Rodgers, who receives a medley of his works, featuring Desi Arnaz, Janet Blair, Larry Blyden, Alfred Drake, Helen Gallagher, Lisa Kirk, Hal Linden, Barbara McNair, Ethel Merman and Constance Towers.

Winners include Sada Thompson (Twigs) and Alexis Smith (Follies).

Best Play: Sticks and Bones
Best Musical: Two Gentlemen of Verona



The 27th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on March 25, 1973, from the Imperial Theatre.

Hosts: Rex Harrison and Celeste Holm with co-hosts Sandy Duncan and Jerry Orbach

The ceremony features musical performances from Pippin as well as an opening song-and-dance medley with Gwen Verdon, Paula Kelly, Helen Gallagher and Donna McKechnie. Also, the "Wide World of Broadway" theme features narrations by Rex Harrison, Walter Slezak, Rossano Brazzi, Yul Brynner and Peter Ustinov, who present musical productions of West Side Story in Vienna, The King and I in Toyko, Hello, Dolly! in Paris and other shows.

Winners include Julie Harris (The Last of Mrs. Lincoln), Ben Vereen (Pippin), Glynis Johns (A Little Night Music) and John Lithgow (The Changing Room).

Best Play: That Championship Season
Best Musical: A Little Night Music



The 28th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on April 21, 1974, from the Shubert Theatre.

Hosts: Peter Falk, Florence Henderson, Robert Preston and Cicely Tyson

The ceremony's theme is "Homecoming" as the following stars from TV and film return to Broadway to present the awards: Alan Alda, Ed Asner, Karen Black, Johnny Carson, Bette Davis, Peter Falk, Henry Fonda, Elliott Gould, Cloris Leachman, Michael Learned, Elizabeth Montgomery, Carroll O'Connor, Al Pacino, Suzanne Pleshette, Jane Powell, Lynn Redgrave, Esther Rolle, Marlo Thomas and Lesley Ann Warren.

Musical performances include songs from Over Here!, Raisin, Lorelei, Good News, Seesaw, Fanny (with Florence Henderson), A Mother's Kisses (with Bea Arthur), a medley of songs from Broadway shows (with Charles Nelson Reilly), The Cradle Will Rock, George M! (with Joel Grey), Phoenix '55 (with Nancy Walker) and Purlie.

Winners include Colleen Dewhurst (A Moon for the Misbegotten), Christopher Plummer (Cyrano) and Tommy Tune (Seesaw). Special awards are also presented to Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler for adding lustre to the Broadway season.

Best Play: The River Niger
Best Musical: Raisin



The 29th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on April 20, 1975, from the Winter Garden Theatre.

Hosts: Larry Blyden, George S. Irving, Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Michele Lee, Bernadette Peters and Bobby Van

Presenters include Eve Arden, Fred Astaire, Milton Berle, Carol Channing, Buddy Ebsen, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Vincente Minnelli, Rosalind Russell and Jean Stapleton.

The ceremony pays tribute to the Winter Garden Theatre with performances by Angela Lansbury (Mame, Gypsy) and Alexis Smith (Follies). Unfortunately, none of the new musicals of the 1974-75 season - The Wiz, Mack & Mabel, The Lieutenant and Shenandoah - are featured.

Winners include Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year), Angela Lansbury (Gypsy), Frank Langella (Seascape) and Rita Moreno (The Ritz).

Best Play: Equus
Best Musical: The Wiz



The 30th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on April 18, 1976, from the Shubert Theatre.

Hosts: Eddie Albert, Richard Burton, Jane Fonda, Diana Rigg, George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere

Presenters include Alan Arkin, Bonnie Franklin, Celeste Holm, Cloris Leachman, Michele Lee, Jerry Lewis, Hal Linden, Mary Martin, Mike Nichols, Christopher Plummer, Vanessa Redgrave, Marlo Thomas and Leslie Uggams.

The ceremony features musical performances from A Chorus Line, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Chicago and Pacific Overtures as well as a medley of songs from musicals that did not win the Tony called "The Ones That Got Away". Richard Burton also performs a scene from Hamlet.

Winners include Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and Kelly Bishop (A Chorus Line).

Best Play: Travesties
Best Musical: A Chorus Line



The 31st Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on ABC on June 5, 1977, from the Shubert Theatre.

Hosts: Jack Albertson, Bea Arthur, Buddy Ebsen, Damon Evans, Jean Stapleton and Leslie Uggams

Presenters include Diana Ross, Jane Alexander, Alan Arkin, Lauren Bacall, Valerie Harper, Barry Manilow, Robert Preston, Tony Randall and Lily Tomlin.

The ceremony features musical performances from Annie, Happy End, I Love My Wife and Side by Side by Sondheim. Also, each host performs a solo based on the theme of survival, including such songs as "I'm Still Here", "Before the Parade Passes By", "Don't Rain on My Parade", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and "Being Alive".

Winners include Al Pacino (The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel), Barry Bostwick (The Robber Bridegroom) and Dorothy Loudon (Annie). Special awards are also presented to Lily Tomlin and Diana Ross.

Best Play: The Shadow Box
Best Musical: Annie
Most Innovative Production of a Revival: Porgy and Bess



The 32nd Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS for the first time on June 4, 1978, from the Shubert Theatre.

Bonnie Franklin introduces each segment from her seat in the audience.

Presenters - who each reveal the first time they ever saw live theatre - include Ed Asner, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Carol Channing, Bonnie Franklin, Robert Guillaume, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Linda Lavin, Jack Lemmon, Hal Linden, Roy Scheider and Dick Van Patten.

The ceremony includes musical performances from The Act, Ain't Misbehavin', Dancin', On the Twentieth Century and Runaways.

Winners include Jessica Tandy (The Gin Game), Liza Minnelli (The Act), Kevin Kline (On the Twentieth Century) and Nell Carter (Ain't Misbehavin').

Best Play: Da
Best Musical: Ain't Misbehavin'
Best Most Innovative Production of a Revival: Dracula



The 33rd Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 3, 1979, from the Shubert Theatre.

Hosts: Jane Alexander, Henry Fonda and Liv Ullmann

Presenters include Tom Bosley, Barry Bostwick, Ellen Burstyn, Georgia Engel, Jane Fonda, Celeste Holm, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Hal Linden, Jean Marsh, Al Pacino and Dick Van Dyke.

The ceremony features musical performances from Ballroom, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Eubie, I Remember Mama, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and They're Playing Our Song.

Winners include Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd) and Angela Lansbury (Sweeney Todd). And Jane Fonda presents her father, Henry Fonda, with a Special Award.

Best Play: The Elephant Man
Best Musical: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

2 comments:

VictorG said...

Thank you so much for posting these glorious shows, all in one place!
Brings back memories of such wonderful theater, so many great stars.

Marc Harshbarger said...

You're welcome, Victor, I'm so happy you enjoyed the post!