2006 - 60th Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 11, 2006
Radio City Music Hall
Broadcast on CBS
Executive Producers: Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, White Cherry Entertainment
Director: Glenn Weiss
Musical Direction: Elliot Lawrence
Writer: Dave Boone
Managing Producer: Elizabeth I. McCann
Coordinating Producer: Joey Parnes
Presenters, Performers, and Special Appearances
Lauren Ambrose, Julie Andrews, Hank Azaria, Harry Belafonte, Kristen Bell, Norbert Leo Butz, Victoria Clark, Glenn Close, Harry Connick, Jr., Barbara Cook, Jim Dale, Christine Ebersole, Harvey Fierstein, Ana Gasteyer, Joanna Gleason, Marcia Gay Harden, Neil Patrick Harris, Hal Holbrook, Bill Irwin, James Earl Jones, T. R. Knight, Frank Langella, Josh Lucas, Julianna Margulies, Audra McDonald, Michael McKean, S. Epatha Merkerson, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Naughton, Patricia Neal, Bebe Neuwirth, Cynthia Nixon, Janis Paige, Anna Paquin, Rosie Perez, Joe Pesci, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Oliver Platt, Jonathan Pryce, Sara Ramirez, Molly Ringwald, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Kyra Sedgwick, Paul Shaffer, Tom Skerritt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, John Tartaglia, Richard Thomas, Stanley Tucci, Rita Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, and Alfre Woodard, along with the three surviving members of the original Four Seasons (Bob Gaudio, Tommy Devito, and Frankie Valli) and the cast of Monty Python's Spamalot.
There were also special taped appearances from Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen.
Harry Connick Jr. led all sixty presenters in a song-filled celebration of Broadway that included "Tonight" (West Side Story), "Give My Regards to Broadway" (George M.!), and "There's No Business Like Show Business" (Annie Get Your Gun).
The presentation of the first ten awards took place before the telecast began. Webcast exclusively at TonyAwards.com, this portion of the ceremony was hosted by 2005 Tony Award winners Norbert Leo Butz and Victoria Clark.
In honor of Harold Prince's Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, Howard McGillin appeared as The Phantom of the Opera and performed "Music of the Night" from Phantom, Broadway's longest-running musical, which was directed by Mr. Prince.
Alfre Woodard introduced a segment celebrating members of the Broadway community who passed away during the 2005-2006 season, including playwrights Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson. They were represented in monologues performed by Cynthia Nixon (Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles) and James Earl Jones (Wilson's Fences).
Outstanding Special Class Program - 2007
Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer; Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer