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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tony Awards Flashback: 1990 - 1999



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

The 44th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 3, 1990, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Host: Kathleen Turner

Presenters include Matthew Broderick, Dixie Carter, Michael Crawford, Sandy Duncan, Helen Hayes, Dustin Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Reeve, Joan Rivers, Jessica Tandy and Lily Tomlin.

The ceremony features musical performances from Aspects of Love, City of Angels, Grand Hotel and Meet Me in St. Louis as well as scenes from The Grapes of Wrath, Lettice and Lovage, The Piano Lesson and Prelude to a Kiss.

Winners include Robert Morse (Tru), Maggie Smith (Lettice and Lovage), James Naughton (City of Angels), Tyne Daly (Gypsy) and Michael Jeter (Grand Hotel).

Best Play: The Grapes of Wrath
Best Musical: City of Angels
Best Revival: Gypsy



The 45th Annual Tony Awards sre broadcast on CBS on June 2, 1991, from the Minskoff Theatre.

Hosts: Julie Andrews and Jeremy Irons

Presenters include Carol Channing, Joan Collins, Tyne Daly, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Steve Guttenberg, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, Lily Tomlin and Denzel Washington.

The ceremony features musical performances from Miss Saigon, Once on This Island, The Secret Garden, The Will Rogers Follies, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (with Robert Morse), Fiddler on the Roof (with Topol), Bye Bye Birdie (with Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking in a live remote from Seattle), My Fair Lady and Camelot (with Julie Andrews) and The Phantom of the Opera (with Michael Crawford).

Winners include Mercedes Ruehl (Lost in Yonkers), Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon), Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) and Kevin Spacey (Lost in Yonkers).

Best Play: Lost in Yonkers
Best Musical: The Will Rogers Follies
Best Revival: Fiddler on the Roof



The 46th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on May 31, 1992, from the Gershwin Theatre.

Host: Glenn Close

Presenters include Alec Baldwin, Carol Channing, Farrah Fawcett, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave and Sigourney Weaver.

The ceremony features musical performances from Crazy for You, Falsettos, Five Guys Named Moe and Jelly's Last Jam as well as a special salute to Frank Loesser with numbers from The Most Happy Fella and Guys and Dolls.

Winners include Glenn Close (Death and the Maiden), Gregory Hines (Jelly's Last Jam) and Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls).

Best Play: Dancing at Lughnasa
Best Musical: Crazy for You
Best Revival: Guys and Dolls



The 47th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 6, 1993, from the Gershwin Theatre.

Host: Liza Minnelli

Presenters include Bea Arthur, Matthew Broderick, Ellen Burstyn, Diahann Carroll, Tyne Daly, Tammy Grimes, Julie Harris, Mercedes Ruehl, Lily Tomlin and Tommy Tune.

The ceremony features musical performance from Blood Brothers, The Goodbye Girl, Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Who's Tommy as well as scenes from Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Sisters Rosensweig, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and The Song of Jacob Zulu. Also, Liza and her sister Lorna Luft perform a "Sisters Medley".

Winners include Madeline Kahn (The Sisters Rosensweig), Chita Rivera (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Andrea Martin (My Favorite Year).

Best Play: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Best Musical: Kiss of the Spider Woman
Best Revival: Anna Christie



The 48th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 12, 1994, from the Gershwin Theatre.

Hosts: Sir Anthony Hopkins and Amy Irving

Presenters include Carol Burnett, Nell Carter, Glenn Close, Tony Danza, Melanie Griffith, Madeline Kahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Linda Lavin, Michael Learned, Steve Martin, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O'Donnell, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short and Marlo Thomas.

The ceremony features musical performances from A Grand Night for Singing, Beauty and the Beast, Cyrano, Passion, Grease, She Loves Me, Damn Yankees, Carousel and Show Boat.

Winners include Donna Murphy (Passion), Jarrod Emick (Damn Yankees) and Audra McDonald (Carousel). Also, the first Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to husband-and-wife Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

Best Play: Angels in America: Perestroika
Best Musical: Passion
Best Revival of a Play: An Inspector Calls
Best Revival of a Musical: Carousel



Below is the complete opening number with Victor Garber and the nominees for Best Revival of a Musical.



The 49th Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 4, 1995, from the Minskoff Theatre.

Hosts: Glenn Close, Gregory Hines and Nathan Lane

Presenters include Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Michele Lee, Sarah Jessica Parker, Elaine Stritch, Marlo Thomas, Kathleen Turner and Joan Van Ark.

The ceremony features musical performances from Smokey Joe's Cafe, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Show Boat and Sunset Boulevard. Also, a special "Broadway Across America" segment features Buskers in San Francisco (with Tommy Tune), Master Class in Los Angeles, Grease in Boston, and Hello, Dolly! in San Diego.

Winners include Cherry Jones (The Heiress), Matthew Broderick (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard), and a Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Carol Channing.

Best Play: Love! Valour! Compassion!
Best Musical: Sunset Boulevard
Best Revival of a Play: The Heiress
Best Revival of a Musical: Show Boat



The 50th Annual Tony Awards is broadcast on CBS on June 2, 1996, from the Majestic Theatre.

Host: Nathan Lane

Presenters include Bea Arthur, Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick, Diahann Carroll, Nanette Fabray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Seymour, Lily Tomlin and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters perform (with Tony Award alumni) the opening number, "The Show Must Go On". The ceremony features musical performances from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The King and I, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Big, State Fair, Rent, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Swinging on a Star.

Winners include Nathan Lane (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Donna Murphy (The King and I) and Audra McDonald (Master Class).

Best Play: Master Class
Best Musical: Rent
Best Revival of a Play: A Delicate Balance
Best Revival of a Musical: The King and I



The 51st Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 1, 1997, from Radio City Music Hall (which allows members of the general public to attend the ceremony). "Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys" featuring 10 awards is telecast on PBS before the CBS show.

Host: Rosie O'Donnell, who performs an opening number with the casts of Rent, Cats, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, Grease and Beauty and the Beast.

Presenters include Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Dixie Carter, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilu Henner, Swoosie Kurtz, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Roseanne, Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei, Lesley Ann Warren and Raquel Welch.

The ceremony features musical performances from Steel Pier, The Life, Annie, Candide, Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago and Titanic.

Winners include James Naughton (Chicago), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) and Lillias White (The Life).

Best Play: The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Best Musical: Titanic
Best Revival of a Play: A Doll's House
Best Revival of a Musical: Chicago



The 52nd Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 7, 1998, from Radio City Music Hall. "Broadway '98: Launching the Tony Awards" featuring 10 awards is telecast on PBS before the CBS show.

Host: Rosie O'Donnell, who performs the opening number, "Broadway Divas", with Patti LuPone, Jennifer Holliday and Betty Buckley.

Presenters include Bebe Neuwirth, Annette Bening, Tommy Tune, Nell Carter, Stockard Channing, Sandy Duncan, Swoosie Kurtz and Nathan Lane.

The ceremony features musical performances from Ragtime, The Sound of Music, 1776, The Lion King, Cabaret, Side Show and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Winners include Alan Cumming (Cabaret), Natasha Richardson (Cabaret) and Audra McDonald (Ragtime).

Best Play: Art
Best Musical: The Lion King
Best Revival of a Play: A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical: Cabaret



The 53rd Annual Tony Awards are broadcast on CBS on June 6, 1999, from the Gershwin Theatre. "Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards" featuring 10 awards is telecast on PBS before the CBS show.

There is no host, but presenters include Julie Andrews, Bea Arthur, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick, Carol Burnett, Mario Cantone, Stockard Channing, Alan Cumming, Swoosie Kurtz, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Christian Slater, Kevin Spacey and Scott Wolf.

Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat open the show with "There's No Business Like Show Business". The ceremony features musical performances from The Civil War, Peter Pan, Parade, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Fosse, Little Me, and a second number from Annie Get Your Gun.

Winners include Judi Dench (Amy's View), Martin Short (Little Me), Bernadette Peters (Annie Get Your Gun) and Kristin Chenoweth (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown).

Best Play: Side Man
Best Musical: Fosse
Best Revival of a Play: Death of a Salesman
Best Revival of a Musical: Annie Get Your Gun

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