By Matthew Blank
05 Jun 2012
The 7:30 PM ceremony also honored Liza Minnelli with the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.
Broadway veterans Chita Rivera and Susan Stroman, as well as "Grey Gardens" filmmaker Albert Maysles and "Smash" choreographer Josh Bergasse were presenters for the evening, alongside Tony Danza, John Turturro, Tamara Tunie, Karen Ziemba, Melissa Errico, Lee Roy Reams, Joe Morton and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.
The 30th annual Astaire Awards are dedicated to Tony-winning producer Marty Richards. Tony-nominated producer Kathleen Raitt will also be recognized with a special award for her efforts in helping to establish the Astaire Awards.