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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"

Host

Whoopi Goldberg

Presenters

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.

Shows Represented

  • Cry-Baby - The company performed "A Little Upset," turning the Radio City stage into a prison yard.
  • Passing Strange - Nominees Stew, Daniel Breaker, de'Adre Aziza and company performed "Keys."
  • Gypsy - Nominees Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines, and Laura Benanti performed the final scene of Act I, including "Everything's Coming Up Roses."
  • South Pacific – Nominees Paulo Szot, Kelli O'Hara, and Danny Burstein led the company in a medley of "Nothin' Like a Dame," "Some Enchanted Evening," and "A Wonderful Guy."
  • Grease - The company performed a medley of "Grease" and "We Go Together."
  • In The Heights - Nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robin De Jesús, and company performed "96,000."
  • Sunday in the Park with George - Nominees Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell performed the duet "Move On."
  • Xanadu – Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Roberts, nominee Kerry Butler, and the company performed "Don't Walk Away."
  • New Musical Medley:
    • The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess took the audience under the sea with "Part of Your World."
    • A Catered Affair - Tony-nominee Faith Prince performed "Vision," joined by members of the company.
    • Young Frankenstein - Megan Mullally, Shuler Hensley, and nominee Christopher Fitzgerald explored "Deep Love."

Other Elements

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.

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