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1999 - Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards® Sunday June 6, 1999
Gershwin Theatre

Telecast on the PBS Television Network
Executive Producer: Jac Venza; Producer: Jeff Folmsbee; Documentary Segments Producer: Mark Mannucci

53rd Annual Tony Awards Sunday June 6, 1999
Gershwin Theatre

Telecast live on the CBS Television Network
Executive Producer: Walter C. Miller; Director: Paul Miller; Writer: Thomas Meehan; Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence; Managing Producer: Edgar Dobie

Host/Presenters
Julie Andrews, Bea Arthur, Alec Baldwin, Christine Baranski, Matthew Broderick, Carol Burnett, Zoe Caldwell, Mario Cantone, Stockard Channing, Alan Cumming, Judi Dench, Brian Dennehy, Laurence Fishburne, Calista Flockhart, David Hare, William Hurt, Swoosie Kurtz, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Terrence McNally, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Jason Robards, Christian Slater, Kevin Spacey, Scott Wolf

Opening Number
"There's No Business Like Show Business" - Bernadette Peters, Tom Wopat, the Presenters

Musicals Represented 

  • The Civil War ("Freedom's Child" - Lawrence Clayton and Company)
  • Peter Pan ("I'm Flying" - Cathy Rigby and children)
  • Parade ("This Is Not Over Yet"/"The Old Red Hills of Home" - Carolee Carmello, Brent Carver and Company)
  • You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown ("My New Philosophy"/"Happiness" - Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Rapp and Company)
  • Fosse ("Sing Sing Sing" - Company)
  • Little Me ("Boom Boom" - Martin Short and Company)
  • Annie Get Your Gun ("I Got the Sun in the Morning"/"Hoedown"/"Old-Fashioned Wedding" - Tom Wopat, Bernadette Peters and Company)

The CBS telecast included a special presentation featuring performers from several of the productions nominated as Best Play and Best Revival of a Play. The actor performed lines from their plays, which were interwoven into a brief scene. The Performers: Brian Dennehy (Death of a Salesman), Brian F. O'Byrne (The Lonseome West), Clarke Peters and Kevin Spacey (The Iceman Cometh), Zoe Wanamaker (Electra), Scott Wolf and Frank Wood (Side Man), and Max Wright (Twelfth Night).

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