The countdown has begun. In just over 48 hours, the winners of the 1999 Tony Awards will be revealed at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City on June 6. The event will be broadcast on PBS 8-9 PM EST, and CBS 9-11 PM EST.
In its tradition of covering every aspect of today's theatre, Playbill On-Line has taken a look at every nominee for the 1999 Tony Awards. PBOL's exhaustive coverage of the contenders, as well as other Tony news, can be found in the Tony Awards News section. Furthermore, Playbill On Line will cover the awards ceremony live beginning on June 6 at 8 PM.
Aside from all the awards presentations and winners' speeches, the CBS broadcast of the Tony Awards will, as ever, include production numbers from nominated new musicals and revivals. This year's selections, just announced, will include: * Martin Short performing "Boom Boom" (Little Me)
* Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat dueting on "Sun in the Morning" segueing into "Old Fashioned Wedding"
* Cathy Rigby and the Peter Pan children singing "I'm Flying"
* Kristin Chenoweth offering "My Philosophy," then being joined by co nominee and the rest of the You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown cast on "Happiness"
* The Civil War ensemble singing "Freedom's Child"
* The Fosse company dancing Sing Sing Sing
* "Members Only," performed by the cast of It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues
* Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello dueting on Parade's "This Is Not Over Yet."
As for the CBS Tony coverage, they couldn't find a hostess with the mostess, but a number of stars are lined up as presenters for the June 6 event, including such recently-added notables as Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, William Hurt, Swoosie Kurtz, Elaine Stritch, Mario Cantone and playwright Terrence McNally.
Executive Producer Walter C. Miller said in a statement that this year's Tonys would open with a "special musical number" and, though hostless, group together presenters linked by their "theatrical ties." For example, Spacey and Robards, both Iceman Hickeys, will share the stage, as will Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett, Christine Baranski & David Hyde Pierce, Angela Lansbury & Bea Arthur, Broderick & Parker, McDonald & Cumming, Scott Wolf & Christian Slater, O'Donnell & Stritch, and Stockard Channing & Laurence Fishburne. Calista Flockhart, due Off-Broadway in Bash this summer, is also expected to present.
Ten awards will be distributed during the PBS hour, in the following order:
Book of a Musical
Original Score written for the theatre
Direction of a Play
Direction of a Musical
Special Tony for Regional Theatre (to Crossroads Theatre, NJ)
The PBS show will both open and close with live sequences by Fool Moon's Bill Irwin and David Shiner. Ragtime's Audra McDonald and Cabaret's Alan Cumming will co-present the first four awards.
The PBS broadcast will also feature a backstage warm-up at The Iceman Cometh, with Iceman designer Bob Crowley visiting the actual bar that inspired his set for the show. Also featured will be director Ann Reinking rehearsing the "Big Spender" number in Fosse, and a backstage tour with Richard Hoover explaining his set design for Not About Nightingales.
Interviewees include actress Elizabeth Franz and director Robert Falls (Death of a Salesman), and actress Kristin Chenoweth and director Michael Mayer (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown). "This is more than just awards coverage," PBS broadcast producer Jeff Folmsbee said in a statement. "It's a total theatrical experience."
Segments devoted to the Tony-nominated new plays Side Man, Not About Nightingales, The Lonesome West and Closer will be shown on the CBS telecast, though Tony spokespersons weren't yet clear how the non-musicals would be represented on the CBS brodcast. Actual clips from the shows will be shown on the PBS hour.
Here's the complete list of Tony nominations:
Best New Musical:
The Civil War
It Ain't Nothing But the Blues
Best Revival of a Musical:
Annie Get Your Gun
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Best Book of a Musical
Footloose, Dean Pitchford & Walter Bobbie
It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor & Dan Wheetman
Marlene, Pam Gems
Parade, Alfred Uhry
Best Original Score
Footloose, Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Dean Pitchford, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins & Jim Steinman
Parade, Jason Robert Brown
The Civil War, Frank Wildhorn & Jack Murphy
Twelfth Night, Jeanine Tesori
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Brent Carver, Parade
Adam Cooper, Swan Lake
Martin Short, Little Me
Tom Wopat, Annie Get Your Gun
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Carolee Carmello, Parade
Dee Hoty, Footloose
Bernadette Peters, Annie Get Your Gun
Siân Phillips, Marlene
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Kevin Anderson, Death of a Salesman
Finbar Lynch, Not About Nightingales
Howard Witt, Death of a Salesman
Frank Wood, Side Man
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Claire Bloom, Electra
Samantha Bond, Amy's View
Dawn Bradfield, The Lonesome West
Elizabeth Franz, Death of a Salesman
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Roger Bart, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Desmond Richardson, Fosse
Ron Taylor, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues
Scott Wise, Fosse
Best Scenic Design
Bob Crowley, The Iceman Cometh
Bob Crowley, Twelfth Night
Riccardo Hernandez, Parade
Richard Hoover, Not About Nightingales
Best Costume Design
Lez Brotherston, Swan Lake
Santo Loquasto, Fosse
John David Ridge, Ring Round the Moon
Catherine Zuber, Twelfth Night
Best Lighting Design
Andrew Bridge, Fosse
Mark Henderson, The Iceman Cometh
Natasha Katz, Twelfth Night
Chris Parry, Not About Nightingales
Patricia Birch, Parade
Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake
A.C. Ciulla, Footloose
Rob Marshall, Little Me
Best Direction Of A Play
Howard Davies, The Iceman Cometh
Robert Falls, Death of a Salesman
Garry Hynes, The Lonesome West
Trevor Nunn, Not About Nightingales
Ralph Burns & Douglas Besterman, Fosse
David Cullen, Swan Lake
Don Sebesky, Parade
Harold Wheeler, Little Me
Special Tony - Regional Theatre
* Crossroads Theatre, NJ
Special Tony - Lifetime Achievement
* Uta Hagen, * Arthur Miller, * Isabelle Stevenson
Special Tony for Live Theatrical Event
* Fool Moon
-- By Robert Simonson and David Lefkowitz