History

1981 - 35th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, June 7, 1981
Mark Hellinger Theatre

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

Hosts
Ellen Burstyn, Richard Chamberlain

Presenters
Jane Alexander, Lucie Arnaz, Beatrice Arthur, Lauren Bacall, Zoe Caldwell, Diahann Carroll, Nell Carter, Colleen Dewhurst, Jose Ferrer, Phyllis Frelich, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Celeste Holm, Lena Horne, Judith Jamison, Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, Angela Lansbury, Jane Lapotaire, Michael Learned, Priscilla Lopez, Patti LuPone, Andrea McArdle, Carolyn Mignini, Ann Miller, Tharon Musser, Patricia Neal, Carole Bayer Sager, Ntozake Shange, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Taylor, Lynne Thigpen, Mary Catherine Wright, Patricia Zipprodt

Performers
Richard Chamberlain, Jose Ferrer, Robert Goulet, Robert Klein, Jack Klugman, Peter Nero, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Jason Robards, Tony Roberts, Richard Thomas, Ben Vereen, Billy Dee Williams 

The Tonys telecast of 1981 focused on "Women's Achievements in the Theatre."

Musicals Represented

  • A Chorus Line ("What I Did For Love" - Priscilla Lopez)
  • Ain't Misbehavin' ("I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling" - Nell Carter)
  • Annie ("Tomorrow" - Andrea McArdle)
  • Evita ("Buenos Aires" - Patti LuPone)
  • 42nd Street ("Lullaby of Broadway" - Jerry Orbach and Company)
  • Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music ("If You Believe" - Lena Horne)
  • Piaf ("La Vie en Rose" - Jane Lapotaire)
  • Sophisticated Ladies ("Rockin' in Rhythm" - Company)
  • Sweeney Todd ("By The Sea" - Angela Lansbury)
  • Tintypes (It's Delightful to be Married"/"Fifty-Fifty" - Company)
  • Woman of the Year ("One of the Boys" - Lauren Bacall and Men)
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