2005 Tony Awards to Feature "Great Big Stuff" And More

News   2005 Tony Awards to Feature "Great Big Stuff" And More
Playbill.com has learned a few of the songs that will be performed by the shows nominated for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical during the upcoming 59th Annual Tony Awards telecast.

The Light in the Piazza — the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical at the Vivian Beaumont Theater — will perform their opening number, "Statues and Stories," which features Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara and the Piazza company.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical at the Imperial Theatre — will offer "Great Big Stuff," which features Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, Gregory Jbara and members of the Scoundrels ensemble.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — the William Finn-Rachel Sheinkin-Rebecca Feldman musical at Circle in the Square Theatre — will offer portions of two songs: their opening number, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and "Prayer of the Comfort Counselor."

The revival of Sweet Charity — starring Christina Applegate at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre — will perform a medley of songs from the Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical.

Spokespersons for La Cage aux Folles and Monty Python's Spamalot said final decisions about what songs their shows will be performing are still pending. Pacific Overtures, which played Studio 54 this past summer and was nominated for a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, will not be performing at the upcoming awards program. 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.

Visit www.tonyawards.com for more information.


Shows nominated for Best Musical include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Light in the Piazza, Monty Python's Spamalot and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Those productions nominated for Best Revival of a Musical include La Cage aux Folles, Pacific Overtures and Sweet Charity.

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