History

1969 - 23rd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, April 20, 1969
Mark Hellinger Theatre

Telecast live on the NBC Television Network
Sponsored by Eastern Airlines and Virginia Slims
Executive Producer: Alexander H. Cohen
Written by Hildy Parks; Directed by Clark Jones; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Associate Producer: Roy A. Somlyo

Hosts
Diahann Carroll and Alan King

Presenters
Lauren Bacall, Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Richard Benjamin, Godfrey Cambridge, Betty Comden, Patty Duke, Adolph Green, Dustin Hoffman, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Ethel Merman, Arthur Miller, Robert Morse, Zero Mostel, Paula Prentiss, Robert Preston, Vanessa Redgrave, Leslie Uggams, Gwen Verdon, Shelley Winters

1969 marked the first year scenes from the nominated plays were presented.

Musicals and Plays Represented

  • Zorba ("Life Is" - Lorraine Serabian and Company)
  • Lovers (Scene with Art Carney and Anna Mannahan)
  • Promises, Promises ("She Likes Basketball"/"Turkey Lurkey Time" - Jerry Orbach, Donna McKechnie and Company)
  • The Great White Hope (Scene with James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander)
  • 1776 ("Momma, Look Sharp" - Scott Jarvis, William Duell, B.J. Slater) 
  • Hair ("Three-Five-Zero-Zero"/Let The Sun Shine In" - Company)
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