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2005 TONY Awards, Part II

- Backstage with the Playwrights: Special Events

2005 TONY Awards, Part II
(2005 Tony Awards Website)
(See 2005 Tony Meet the Nominees Press Reception)
(See 2005 Tony Nominees Announcements)
(Read Reviews of Many of the Broadway Shows)

Press: PMK/HBH
Shawn Purdy/Shea Martin/Allison Handler, 212.582.1111
Andy Gelb/Kelly Stephens, 310.289.6200

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 5, 2005

(See 2005 Tony Awards Part I for More Description and More Photos.)

The celebrities that we saw on television included Hugh Jackman , who sang and danced a medley of favorites, including “I Won’t Dance” and “Do I Hear a Waltz”, with pizzazz and confidence, Billy Crystal, who thanked “the whole cast (his family, who figure in his anecdotal one-man show), Adriane Lenox, a Tony winner in Doubt, and Edward Albee, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award. PMK/HBH staff was quite busy turning televisions on and off, in between the live Rainbow Room news conferences. In fact, all media in the room were encouraged to ask questions of the radiant Tony winners.

Billy Crystal, Tony winner, Best Special Theatrical Event, in the media room, said, “this (700 Sundays) is the best work I’ve ever done”, and that he’s thinking of starring in a musical. Producers of La Cage aux Folles talked about the 8.5 million dollars that went toward this Best Musical Revival Tony winning production, Cherry Jones graciously spoke about her Best Actress Tony for Doubt, by speaking highly of her good friend, Kathleen Turner, who did not win, and Dan Fogler, winner of Best Featured Actor in a Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, said he couldn’t find a chubby-sized tux.

The producers of Glengarry Glen Ross, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, said they were the underdogs, until the Tony Committee “put them on the board”, a reference to the Tony winning Best Play Revival, and John Patrick Shanley, writer of Doubt, spoke about his religious education in the Bronx and his respect for the Tony Committee, with the Best Play award for such serious material. Victoria Clark, Tony winner for Best Actress in a Musical, The Light in the Piazza, on the media room stage with her son, spoke abut family, unconditional love, and physical stamina.

Live Schreiber, Tony winner, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Glengarry Glen Ross, spoke to the media about the Cadillac in the play, his character’s “image” of being wealthy. Norbert Leo Butz, Tony winner, Best Actor in a Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, answered my question about physical preparation for such a demanding role and spoke about his yoga, massages, and vitamins. “It’s a blood sport, …a fabulous character”. In rehearsals, he had scars all over his legs from a whipping scene, and, once onstage, he forgot the leg shield and had to cushion the blows with a pillow, to the laughter of his audience.

Bill Irwin, Tony winner, Best Actor in a Play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, held up his Tony and said it was for the cast and would be added to the set. Late in the evening, the Monty Python’s Spamalot team arrived, with their Tony for Best Musical. Mike Nichols, who also won a Tony for Best Director, said the show would go on tour, probably London. He spoke of directing both the film, Closer, and the show, Spamalot, “…the job is the same, to tell the story. I love jumping around”.

Kudos to PMK/HBH, The League of American Theatres and Producers, and The American Theatre Wing for a superb, first-rate 2005 Tony Award production. (See 2005 Tony Awards Website for a list of all nominees and winners.)

(See 2005 Tony Awards Part I for More Description and More Photos.)

PMK/HBH Staff at Leisure

John Lithgow, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", and Brian Stokes Mitchell

Eric Idle, "Spamalot"

Matthew Morrison, "Light in the Piazza"

Guest Arrivals

Matthew Broderick, Tony Presenter

Guest in a Kilt

Jan Maxwell, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

Billy Crystal, Winner, "700 Sundays"

Joan Allen, Film Star

Leslie Uggams, "On Golden Pond"

Robert Goulet, "La Cage aux Folles"

Harvey Fierstein, "Fiddler on the Roof"

Mike Nichols, Winner, "Spamalot", and Diane Sawyer

Jeff Goldblum, Winner, "Pillowman"

Anne Hathaway, Film Star

Joanna Gleason, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

Angela Bassett, Film Star

Sherie Rene Scott, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Norbert Leo Butz, Winner, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

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