History

1972 - 26th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, April 23, 1972
Broadway Theatre

Telecast live on the ABC Television Network
Executive Producer: Alexander H. Cohen Written by Hildy Parks; Directed by Clark Jones; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Associate Producer: Roy A. Somlyo

Hosts
Henry Fonda, Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov

Presenters
Richard Benjamin, Ingrid Bergman, Claire Bloom, Arlene Dahl, Sandy Duncan, Peter Falk, Lee Grant, Joel Grey, Arthur Hill, Hal Holbrook, Jean Stapleton, Gwen Verdon

Performers
Desi Arnaz, Janet Blair, Larry Blyden, Alfred Drake, Helen Gallagher, Lisa Kirk, Hal Linden, Barbara McNair, Ethel Merman, Constance Towers

Special Tony Awards were presented to Ethel Merman and Richard Rodgers. A dual musical salute was the highlight of the evening's entertainment.

Musicals Represented

  • Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death ("Put A Curse on You " - Company)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Medley - Jeff Fenholt, Yvonne Elliman and Company)
  • No, No, Nanette ("You Can Dance With Any Girl"- Helen Gallagher and Bobby Van/ "I Want To Be Happy" - Ruby Keeler and Company)
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