The 2013 Tony Awards Film Series

By Ben Pesner

For the third year, the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards® invites you to a special film series in NYC during the weeks leading up to the June 9 Tony Awards telecast.

This year’s series will include a rare screening of a landmark Tony Awards show from the past, and a television version of a classic Broadway musical.

The 3rd Annual Tony Awards Film Series will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at The Paley Center for Media in midtown Manhattan. Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serves basis, as seating is limited.  See below for ticketing information.

The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 9, 2013.  

Program and Schedule

25th Annual Tony Awards (1971) – May 18 at 12:30 p.m.

The 25th Annual Tony Awards, held on March 28, 1971 was an affair to remember with musical numbers from each of the twenty-four previous Best Musicals.  The star-studded list of participants who re-created their original roles included Zero Mostel from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof, Alfred Drake from  Kiss Me, Kate and Kismet, Robert Preston from The Music Man, Gwen Verdon from Damn Yankees and Redhead, and Carol Channing from Hello, Dolly! The program concluded with the entire onstage assemblage performing “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and hosts Lauren Bacall, Anthony Quinn, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Quayle helped turn it into an unforgettable event.  Info about the 1971 Tony Awards...

Carousel and Panel Discussion – May 18 at 3:00 p.m.

The Armstrong Circle Theatre adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Carousel is presented in collaboration with The Paley Center and Opera Index. Originally aired in color on May 7, 1967, on ABC-TV it was directed by Paul Bogart and starred Robert Goulet as Billy Bigelow, Mary Grover as Julie Jordan, Marlyn Mason as Carrie, Patricia Neway as Nettie, Jack DeLon as Mr. Snow, Marge Redmond as Mrs. Mullin, and Pernell Roberts as Jigger, with famed veteran Charlie Ruggles as the Starkeeper. The storyline incorporates romance, crime, and death and is a tale that will never get old.

Following the screening there will be a discussion with actress Mary Grover and dancers Bambi Linn (“Louise” in the original Broadway production of Carousel) and Tony Honors recipient Gemze de Lappe. Both dancers had a long association with the choreographer Agnes de Mille, and rare 1945 film footage of Ms. Linn dancing Carousel’s Act II “Ballet” will be shown.  The discussion will be moderated by Ted Chapin. 

Tickets and Location

Tickets to the Tony Awards Film Series will be available on a first come, first served basis, as seating is limited. 

The 25th Annual Tony Awards - free for Paley Center members, and free with general admission for the general public (with a suggested donation of $10 for adults; $8 for students/senior citizens; and $5 for children under 14). 

Carousel and the panel discussion – Tickets are required. Tickets are $10 for Paley Center members and $15 for the general public.

Please RSVP to reserve tickets.  Please limit requests to two (2) tickets per person.  To RSVP, please send your ticket request and film preference to

The Paley Center is located at 25 West 52 Street in New York City.

Revised Tuesday, 09 May, 2017