History

1970 - 24th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, April 19, 1970
Mark Hellinger Theatre

Telecast live on the NBC Television Network
Sponsored by The Prudential Insurance Company of America
Executive Producer: Alexander H. Cohen
Written by Hildy Parks; Directed by Clark Jones; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Associate Producer: Roy A. Somlyo

Hosts
Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine and Walter Matthau

Presenters
Clive Barnes, Claire Bloom, Michael Caine, Jack Cassidy, David Frost, Cary Grant, Patricia Neal, George C. Scott, James Stewart, Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens

This year's awards ceremony marked the TV singing debut of stars Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall, who were both nominated for Best Musical Actress. Ms. Bacall won for her portrayal of Margo Channing in Applause.

Musicals Represented

  • Applause ("Applause"/"Welcome to the Theatre" - Bonnie Franklin, Lauren Bacall and Company)
  • Coco ("Always Mademoiselle" - Katherine Hepburn and Company)
  • Purlie ("I Got Love" - Melba Moore/"Walk Him up the Stairs" - Cleavon Little and Company)
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