1995: Tony Awards Turns 49, Recognizes Close, Hines, Lane

49 in 95

By Michaela F.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes achievemenst in live Broadway.

According to Wikipedia the first award ceremony was held in April 1947 in New York City with the first prizes being “a scroll, cigarette, lighter and articles of jewelry” however in 1949 the first Tony medallion was awarded to the winners.

The awards are presented at an annual ceremony in New York City and June 4, 1995 marked the 49th Tony Awards according to Wikipedia. The award show was at  the Minskoff Theatre with Glenn Close, Gregory Hines and Nathan Lane as hosts while being broadcasted by CBS.

The musical sequence was piece called “Broadway Songs We’ve Never Done, and Never Will” featuring Gregory Hines and Nathan Lane. Among the presenters, who presented awards for over 15 different catergories, was Maria Conchita Alonso, Alec Baldwin,Gloria Foster, Sarah Jessica Parker and Joan Van Ark.

The categories included Actor (Musical), Actor (Play), Actress (Musical), Actress (Play), Book (Musical), Choreographer, Costume Designer, Director (Musical), Director (Play), Featured Actor (Musical), Featured Actor (Play), Featured Actress (Musical), Featured Actress (Play), Lighting Designer, Musical, Play and Regional Theatre Award to name a few.

Among the winners were Love! Valour! Compassion!  for Best Play, Sunset Boulevard for Best Musical, The Heiress for Best Revival of a Play, Showboat for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play went to Ralph Fiennes for his preformance as Hamlet and Best Actress (Musical) went to Glenn Close.

The Tony Awards are a time for Broadway lovers all over the world to come together to share their passion for music, dance and theater and the 49th Tony Awards were no different.





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