Television's Emmy awards ceremony was held Sept. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Though the ABC-TV broadcast of Cinderella, the Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II musical, won in only one of the seven Emmy categories in which it was nominated, a host of other theatre talents went home last night with trophies in hand.
Helen Hunt, who recently playing Viola in the Lincoln Center production of Twelfth Night, won for her work in the sitcom "Mad About You," while Off-Broadway staple Camryn Manheim claimed the award for her portrayal of a lawyer in "The Practice" (which was named best drama series).
Theatre legend George C. Scott (Inherit The Wind) won an Emmy for his supporting turn in the Showtime movie 12 Angry Men. Steppenwolf Theatre Company founder-turned movie star Gary Sinise was honored for his turn as the title figure in the TNT film, George Wallace. Mr. Wallace died last night, while the ceremony was still going on.
Stomp Out Loud, the HBO special based on the long-running Off Broadway revue, was nominated for four Emmys, but won only the editing prize. Similarly, Cinderella won only for its art direction, losing in the outstanding variety, music or comedy special category. However, the candidate it lost to was another theatre-based attraction: the 1997 Tony Awards.
This was the eighth big win for the Tonys, which have received 33 Emmy nominations since the Emmy Awards started in 1967. -- By Robert Simonson