2008 - 62nd Annual Tony Awards
Sunday, June 15, 2008
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"
Alec Baldwin; Barry Bostwick; Gabriel Byrne; Julie Chen; Kristin Chenoweth; Glenn Close; Harry Connick, Jr.; Adam Durtiz ; Laurence Fishburne; Richard Griffiths; Jack Klugman; Laura Linney; John Lithgow; Liza Minnelli; Mary-Louise Parker; Mandy Patinkin; David Hyde Pierce; Daniel Radcliffe; Duncan Sheik; Brooke Shields; Marisa Tomei; Lily Tomlin and John Waters.
The cast of The Lion King opened the broadcast with a performance of "Circle of Life" in celebration of the show's 10th-anniversary season on Broadway.
Anthony Rapp introduced the current cast of Rent, who performed "La Vie Bohéme." Members of the original cast joined them on stage to perform "Seasons of Love" in tribute to the show's lengthy run, and the creativity of its late author, Jonathan Larson.
Host Whoopi Goldberg appeared in taped segments from Monty Python's Spamalot, The Phantom of the Opera, and Spring Awakening. She also appeared costumed as Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and flew in as Mary Poppins.
"Spotlight On" segments featured current Broadway shows including, Chicago, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, and Avenue Q.
Julie White and Michael Cerveris hosted the presentation of the pre-telecast awards, which took place prior to the CBS broadcast. Webcast exclusively at TonyAwards.com, this portion of the ceremony included 12 competitive awards, as well as the Regional Theatre Tony Award and a Special Tony Award.