Sunday, June 8, 1980
Mark Hellinger Theatre

Telecast live on the CBS Television Network
Executive Producer: Alexander H. Cohen
Produced and Written by Hildy Parks
Directed by Clark Jones
Musical Director: Elliot Lawrence
Co-Produced by Roy A. Somlyo

Mary Tyler Moore, Jason Robards

Eve Arden, Carol Channing, Hume Cronyn, Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Elia Kazan, Richard Kiley, James MacArthur, Nancy Marchand, Dudley Moore, Anthony Perkins, Gilda Radner, Lynn Redgrave, Tony Roberts, Jessica Tandy, Cicely Tyson, Dick Van Dyke

This year's theme focused on "understudies." The evening's hosts and presenters at one time or another had been understudies and offered amusing and poignant anecdotes of that humble but honorable beginning.

Musicals Represented

  • A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine ("Doin' the Production Code" - Company)
  • Barnum ("Come Follow the Band"/"There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute" - Jim Dale and Company)
  • Evita ("New Argentina" - Patti LuPone and Company)
  • Oklahoma! ("People Will Say We're In Love" - Joel Higgins and Christine Andreas)
  • Peter Pan ("I'm Flying" - Sandy Duncan and children)
  • Sugar Babies ("A McHugh Medley" - Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney)
  • West Side Story ("America" - Debbie Allen and Company)

Emmy Award

Outstanding Program Achievement-Special Events - 1980
Alexander H. Cohen, Executive Producer; Hildy Parks, Producer; Roy A. Somlyo, Co-Producer