Idina Menzel to Present First Nine Tony Awards

News   Idina Menzel to Present First Nine Tony Awards Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award last season for her performance in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, will present the first nine 2005 Tony Awards.
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel

The official Tony Awards website — located at www.tonyawards.com — will offer exclusive live footage of the first nine awards, which will be presented at 7 PM ET at Radio City Music Hall on June 5. Those awards include Best Orchestrations, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Musical as well as the Best Regional Theatre Award (Theatre de la Jeune Lune of Minneapolis, MN) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (playwright Edward Albee). Idina Menzel won a Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as Elphaba in Wicked. She created the role of Maureen in the original Broadway company of Rent, and her other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of Hair, the Manhattan Theatre Club The Wild Party and the benefit Funny Girl concert. Menzel also recently completed filming the new motion picture "Ask the Dust" and is currently reprising her role of Maureen in the film of "Rent."

The 59th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards® will be broadcast on CBS-TV Sunday, June 5 from 8-11 PM ET. For the third consecutive year, Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman — on Broadway last season in The Boy From Oz — will host.