History

2007 - 61st Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 10, 2007
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

"There's a Little Bit of Broadway in Everyone"

Presenters

Jane Alexander; Christina Appelgate; Zach Braff; Harry Connick, Jr.; Claire Danes; Jeff Daniels; Brian Dennehy; Taye Diggs; Harvey Fierstein; Carla Gugino; Marvin Hamlisch; Marcia Gay Harden; Neil Patrick Harris; Anne Heche; Marg Helgenberger; Judd Hirsch; Felicity Huffman; Mark Indelicato; Eddie Izzard; The Jersey Boys - Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and John Lloyd Young; Melina Kanakaredes; John Kander; Jane Krakowski; Angela Lansbury; Robert Sean Leonard; Patti LuPone; John Mahoney; Audra McDonald; Idina Menzel; Bebe Neuwirth; Cynthia Nixon; Donny Osmond; Bernadette Peters; David Hyde Pierce; Christopher Plummer; Phylicia Rashad; Anika Noni Rose; Liev Schreiber; Harry Smith; Kevin Spacey; Tommy Tune; John Turturro; Usher; Ben Vereen; Sam Waterston; Patrick Wilson; Rainn Wilson; and Vanessa Williams.

Shows Represented

  • A Chorus Line - The company opened the broadcast with a performance of "I Hope I Get It," accompanied by composer Marvin Hamlisch, on the street in front of Radio City Music Hall, and continued with "One" on the stage.
  • Curtains - 2007 Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce and nominee Debra Monk led the company in "Show People."
  • 110 in the Shade - Nominees Audra McDonald and John Cullum performed "Raunchy."
  • Mary Poppins - The cast performed a medley of "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Step in Time," and "Anything Can Happen."
  • Company - Nominee Raúl Esparza performed "Being Alive."
  • Grey Gardens - 2007 Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole performed "The Revolutionary Costume for Today."
  • Spring Awakening - The company performed a medley of "Touch Me," "The Bitch of Living," and "Totally F*****."

Other Elements

Fantasia performed "I'm Here" from The Color Purple, in which she was currently starring on Broadway.

The presentation of the Creative Arts Awards took place before the telecast began. Webcast exclusively at TonyAwards.com, this portion of the ceremony was presented by Hilton Hotels hosted by the cast of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys. It included seven competitive awards, as well as the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune honored the members of the Broadway community who passed away during the 2006-2007 season by singing "Look Around" from The Will Rogers Follies, written by Betty Comden (1919-2006), Adolph Green, and Cy Coleman.

NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Heidi Klum, Wolfgang Puck, "A-Rod" (Alex Rodriguez), and "Judge Judy" (Judith Sheindlin) appeared in brief pre-taped segments.

Emmy Award

Outstanding Special Class - Awards Programs - 2008
Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer; Glenn Weiss, Executive Producer