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1983 - 37th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS® Sunday, June 5, 1983
Uris Theatre

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

Hosts
Richard Burton, Lena Horne, Jack Lemmon

Presenters
George Abbott, Diahann Carroll, David Cassidy, James Coco, Cleavant Derricks, Colleen Dewhurst, Sergio Franchi, Bonnie Franklin, Peter Michael Goetz, Mark Hamill, Cheryl Hartley, Florence Lacey, Frank Langella, Court Miller, Liliane Montevecchi, Jerry Orbach, Jay Patterson, John Rubinstein, Pamela Sousa

Performers
Diahann Carroll, Bonnie Franklin, Robert Guillaume, Marvin Hamlisch, Michele Lee, Jack Lemon, Hal Linden, Dorothy Loudon, Melissa Manchester, Peter Nero, Ginger Rogers, Ben Vereen

Special Salute
A medley of Gershwin songs over the years-some favorites, some obscure-served as a backdrop for the 1983 Tony Award telecast. At the end of the ceremony the Uris was renamed the Gershwin Theatre. Songs included: "The Real American Folk Song" sung by Diahann Carroll, "Stairway to Paradise" sung by Ben Vereen, "Somebody Loves Me" sung by Jack Lemon and Ginger Rogers, "Lady Be Good" sung by Hal Linden and Ginger Rogers, "Someone to Watch Over Me" sung by Melissa Manchester, "How Long Has This Been Going On?" sung by Bonnie Franklin, "Vodka" sung by Dorothy Loudon, "I've Got Rhythm" sung by Michele Lee and "There's a Boat dat's Leavin' Soon For New York" sung by Robert Guillaume

Musicals Represented

  • Cats ("Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats" - Company/"Memory" - Betty Buckley)
  • Merlin ("It's About Magic" - Doug Henning and Company)
  • My One and Only ("Kicking the Clouds Away" - Tommy Tune and Company)


Finale
"Strike up the Band" - 1983 Tony Award winners and The Company

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