History

1996 - 50th Annual Tony Awards® Sunday, June 2, 1996
Majestic Theatre

Broadcast live on the CBS Television Network
Executive Producer: Gary Smith
Produced and Directed by Walter C. Miller, Written by Thomas Meehan; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Managing Producer: Roy A. Somlyo

Host
Nathan Lane

Presenters
Bea Arthur, Edward Albee, Christine Baranski, Harry Belafonte, Matthew Broderick, Diahann Carroll, Hume Cronyn, Nanette Fabray, Robert Goulet, Gregory Hines, Uta Hagen, James Earl Jones, John Lithgow, Liza Minnelli, Patricia Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernadette Peters, John Rubinstein, Jane Seymour, Ron Silver, Lily Tomlin, Ben Vereen, Eli Wallach, Ray Walston, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Opening Number
"The Show Must Go On" - Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters and Tony Award Alumni

Musicals Represented

  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum ("Comedy Tonight" - Nathan Lane and Company)
  • The King and I ("Shall We Dance?" - Lou Diamond Phillips, Donna Murphy and children)
  • Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk ("Taxi"/"Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" - Savion Glover and Company)
  • Big ("Fun" - Daniel Jenkins and Company)
  • State Fair ("All I Owe I-Oh-Way"-John Davidson, Andrea McArdle and Company)
  • Rent ("Seasons of Love"/"La Vie Boheme" - Anthony Rapp, Taye Diggs, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel and Company)
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Swinging on a Star ("Swinging on a Star" - Company)
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