Tonight, the winners of the 1999 Tony Awards were revealed at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City. The event was being broadcast on PBS 8-9 PM EST, and CBS 9-11 PM EST.
Death of a Salesman was the leading Tony winner, with four for play revival, actor, director and featured actress. Swan Lake and Fosse co-led the musicals with three wins. Side Man took the Best Play nod, with Annie Get Your Gun winning Best Musical Revival. The much-lauded hot-ticket, The Iceman Cometh, went home with an empty shotglass.
Complete Tony Award coverage can be found in our Tony News area.
Here is a tally of Tony winners:
Death of a Salesman 4 (Direction (Falls), Featured Actress-play (Franz), Play Revival, Actor (Dennehy))
Fosse 3 (Musical, Orchestrations (Burns-Besterman), Lighting (Bridge))
Swan Lake 3 (Choreography (Bourne), Costumes (Brotherston), Director-musical (Bourne))
Annie Get Your Gun 2 (Musical Revival, Actress-musical (Peters))
Parade 2 (Book (Uhry), Score (Brown))
Side Man 2 (Featured Actor - play (Wood), Best Play)
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown 2 (Featured Actress-musical (Chenoweth), Featured Actor-musical (Bart))
Amy's View 1 (Actress (Dench))
Little Me 1 (Actor-Musical (Short))
Not About Nightingales 1 (Scenic (Hoover))
No wins: The Civil War, Closer, Electra, Footloose, The Iceman Cometh, It Ain't Nothing But The Blues, The Lonesome West, Marlene, On The Town, Peter Pan, Ring Round The Moon, Twelfth Night
The PBS show opened with Fool Moon special Tony winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner acknowledging another special award winner, Uta Hagen. A pre-taped profile of new Broadway musicals followed. Matthew Bourne took the Choreography Award; Ralph Burns and Douglas Besterman won for Orchestrations (Fosse), ; Alfred Uhry won for his book for Parade, while Jason Robert Brown's Parade score also triumphed -- all four awards presented by Audra McDonald and Alan Cumming.
David Hare and Judi Dench announced the award for best director of a play and musical. The play nod went to Death of a Salesman's Robert Falls. The musical nod went to Matthew Bourne for Swan Lake, his second Tony of the night. At show's end, Riccardo Kahn accepted the Regional Tony Award for New Jersey's black-themed Crossroads Theatre.
The CBS Broadcast opened with Tom Wopat and Bernadette Peters singing "There's No Business Like Show Business," followed by opening remarks from Calista Flockhart and Paul Giamatti, who called 1999 "the season of the play."
Frank Wood received the Best Featured Actor nod for his work in Side Man. The Civil War cast then performed "Freedom's Child," followed by Cathy Rigby flying in Peter Pan's "Flying." Christine Baranski and David Hyde Pierce then presented the Best Featured Actress in a Play award to Death of a Salesman's Elizabeth Franz, who specially thanked "the guy who pays the two bucks -- or in this case, the 65 bucks!".
Angela Lansbury and Beatrice Arthur were then paired to present "This is Not Over Yet," from Parade, sung by stars Brent Carver and Carolee Carmello. Martin Short then took the Best Actor in a Musical Tony for Little Me..
Swoosie Kurtz and Ben Stiller (yes, he was in The House of Blue Leaves), introduced Kristin Chenoweth and the Charlie Brown company doing "My New Philosophy" and "Happiness." Chenoweth then took the Tony for Featured Actress in a Musical. Alec Baldwin then presented a special lifetime achievement Tony to former American Theatre Wing head, Isabelle Stevenson.
The Best Actress Tony went to Judi Dench, presented to her by two "Side Men": Scott Wolf and Christian Slater. Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett co-introduced the "Sing Sing Sing" sequence from Fosse, with Andrews actually (albeit quietly) sing-sing-singing a few Sondheim lyrics herself -- this despite widely reported, medical throat troubles that were said to spell the end of her Broadway musical career.
Brian Dennehy then took the stage to present a special Lifetime Achievement Tony to Death of a Salesman author, Arthur Miller, with Dustin Hoffman also offering taped congratulations. Miller expressed in his speech the worry that such epic plays as Salesman and Iceman would not be produced today due to economics. He hopes Broadway will once be a home to "big, world-challenging plays, somewhere West of London, somewhere East of the Hudson River."
Elaine Stritch then made a speech thanking Rosie O'Donnell for her support for the American Theatre. O'Donnell was to co-present with Stritch but couldn't make the show; Kevin Kline filled in. Stritch and Kline then introduced a collage of "moments" from the five Best Play nominees, with actors such as O'Byrne, Spacey and Dennehy standing at podiums and reciting lines from the plays, at random and seemingly out of context.
Microphone trouble then hindered Martin Short's vocals on "Boom Boom" from Little Me (he was handed a hand-mike in midsong). Chita Rivera and William Hurt then presented the Best Featured Actor in a Musical Award to Roger Bart (Charlie Brown), with Bart sending a special thank you to his late friend, Jonathan Larson. Stockard Channing and Laurence Fishburne then announced the Best Actor in a Play winner: Brian Dennehy.
Tony Danza and Bebe Neuwirth then introduced two songs from Annie Get Your Gun: "I Got The Sun in the Mornin'" and "An Old Fashioned Wedding." Moments later, Annie won the Best Musical Revival Tony, with Bernadette Peters winning for Leading Actress in a Musical. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick made the presentation.
Jason Robards and Kevin Spacey then took the stage, kidding each other about the length of The Iceman Cometh and presenting the Best Play Tony to Side Man. Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett then made a quick return to present the Best Musical Tony to Fosse.
Here's the complete list of Tony nominations, with winners, in bold and marked by an asterisk:
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 Play
* Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman
Brían O'Byrne, The Lonesome West
Corin Redgrave, Not About Nightingales
Kevin Spacey, The Iceman Cometh
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Stockard Channing, The Lion in Winter
*Judi Dench, Amy's View
Marian Seldes, Ring Round the Moon
Zoë Wanamaker, Electra
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
*Elizabeth Franz, Death of a Salesman Claire Bloom, Electra
Samantha Bond, Amy's View
Dawn Bradfield, The Lonesome West
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
As for the CBS Tony coverage, they couldn't find a hostess with the mostess, but a number of stars were lined up as presenters for the June 6 event, including such 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, shared the stage, as did 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, also presented.
The PBS broadcast also featured 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 was 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 included 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."
-- By David Lefkowitz & Robert Simonson