The Emmys honor excellence in American television. "The 58th Annual Tony Awards" broadcast earned an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category.
Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy — creators of the Off-Broadway musical Reefer Madness — earned the Emmy for Music and Lyrics for their song "Mary Jane/Mary Lane" in the TV adaptation of the show.
The Special Class Program Emmy was awarded to the PBS airing of Stephen Sondheim's "Passion (Live From Lincoln Center)."
Stage stars took home Emmys Sept. 11. In the categories of Guest Actor/Actress. Emmys were presented to Plummer (Agnes of God) for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Ray Liotta (Match) for "ER" and recent Hurlyburly star Cannavale for "Will & Grace" — the latter beat out his fellow stage brethren Victor Garber (Art, Assassins), Jeff Goldblum (The Pillowman) and Alec Baldwin (Twentieth Century) for their turns on the same sitcom.
* The remainder of the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards winners will be announced Sept. 18 on CBS. Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close, Blythe Danner and a number of stage actors are among the names vying for the television honors.
Jackman earned an Emmy nomination for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his hosting duties at the 58th Annual Tony Awards (2004) — he'll vie against Whoopi Goldberg in her filmed Broadway turn of "Whoopi Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary." The Tony telecast is also up for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
All the acting categories include nominees who have trod the boards. Hank Azaria — who recently starred in Monty Python's Spamalot — was nominated as Lead Actor in a Drama for his turn on the Showtime series "Huff."
Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard) and Frances Conroy (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan) are up for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their work on "The Shield" and "Six Feet Under," respectively.
Blythe Danner (Follies) is nominated in three categories. She competes for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Back When We Were Grownups" with recent Birdie Blue star S. Epatha Merkerson (for the Made for Television Movie Emmy nominee "Lackawanna Blues") and upcoming Rabbit Hole star Cynthia Nixon ("Warm Springs"). Then as a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, her turn in "Huff" was acknowledged along with "Judging Amy" star Tyne Daly (Gypsy) and "The West Wing" first lady Stockard Channing (Joe Egg, Six Degrees of Separation). She was also given a nod for as Guest Actress in a Comedy for "Will & Grace."
Ed Harris (Fool For Love, Precious Sons), Kenneth Branagh (Edmond) and William H. Macy (American Buffalo) compete in the Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category. They starred in "Empire Falls," "Warm Springs" and "The Wool Cap."
Recent Glengarry Glen Ross stars Jeffrey Tambor and Alan Alda were also mentioned. Tambor is up for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Arrested Development" opposite "Entourage" agent Jeremy Piven (Fat Pig) and "Everybody Loves Raymond" brother Brad Garrett (upcoming The Odd Couple). Alda's "The West Wing" performance will take on "Boston Legal"'s William Shatner (A Shot in the Dark) and "Huff" star Oliver Platt (Twelfth Night) for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
"Empire Falls" actors Paul Newman (Our Town) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Long Day's Journey Into Night) team up against "Our Fathers" stars Christopher Plummer (Barrymore) and Brian Dennehy (Long Day's Journey Into Night) for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
For Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, "Arrested Development" matriarch Jessica Walter (Rumor) competes with "Everybody Loves Raymond" matriarch Doris Roberts (Last of the Red Hot Lovers) and "Will & Grace" star Megan Mullally (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).
The complete list of Primetime Emmy nominations and other Academy news and information is available at the Academy's website, located at http://www.emmys.tv.