The 56th Annual Tony Awards received a 2003 Emmy Award Sept. 21 for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. Glenn Weiss directed the annual Tony telecast a year ago June, which featured Gypsy's Bernadette Peters and the late Gregory Hines as co-hosts. The Tony Awards vied for the Emmy in a category that included the 75th Annual Academy Awards, "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band," "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live."
Veteran British stage actresses Maggie Smith also picked up television's highest honor for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in "My House in Umbria." Smith competed in a category that featured another British stage star, Helen Mirren, who was nominated for "Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone." Others in their category include Thora Birch ("Homeless to Harvard"), Helena Bonham Carter ("Live from Baghdad") and Jessica Lange ("Normal").
Tyne Daly — who starred in the second Gypsy revival — picked up her latest Emmy for her work as Maxine Gray in the CBS series "Judging Amy." Daly competed against Lena Olin, "Alias" ; Lauren Ambrose and Rachel Griffiths, both of "Six Feet Under"; and Stockard Channing, "The West Wing."
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were presented live Sept. 21 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. For a complete list of Emmy winners, visit www.emmys.org.
* The TV airing of Susan Stroman and John Weidman's Contact picked up a Creative Arts Emmy Award Sept. 13 at a ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium. Contact won its award for Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program in a category that included "New York Philharmonic: All-Gershwin New Year's Eve Concert," "Perlman at the Penthouse (Live from Lincoln Center)" and "Pops Goes the Fourth! 2002."