TONY AWARDS - 6.07.1987 - DVD
The 41st Annual Tony Awards was held on June 7, 1987 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and broadcast by CBS television. Angela Lansbury was the host for the third time (she was the host in 1968, 1971, and 1987, and also in 1988 and 1989). This broadcast was awarded the 1987 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
Presenters and performers: Jane Alexander, Bea Arthur, Richard Chamberlain, Glenn Close, Charles "Honi" Coles, Barbara Cook, Hume Cronyn, Bob Fosse, Mark Hamill, Helen Hayes, William Hurt, Bill Irwin, Judy Kuhn, Swoosie Kurtz, Dick Latessa, John Lithgow, Mary Martin, Walter Matthau, Andrea McArdle, Mary Tyler Moore, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave Chita Rivera, George Rose, Jessica Tandy, Tommy Tune, Kathleen Turner.
Musicals and plays that were represented:
Broadway Bound—scene with Linda Lavin and Jonathan Silverman;
Coastal Disturbances—scene with Annette Bening and Timothy Daly;
Fences—scene with James Earl Jones and Courtney B. Vance;
Les Liaisons Dangereuses—scene with Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman;
Rags -- "Rags" - Judy Kuhn and Dick Latessa;
Les Misérables -- "At the End of the Day"/"One Day More" - Company;
Me and My Girl -- "The Lambeth Walk" - Robert Lindsay and Company;
Starlight Express -- "Starlight Express"/"Light at the End of the Tunnel" - Greg Mowry, Steve Fowler and Company;
There were several special performances and tributes. The song "Bosom Buddies" from Mame was performed by former cast-mates Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur. There was a special salute to Robert Preston, who died in March 1987. Bernadette Peters sang Time Heals Everything from Mack and Mabel, Barbara Cook sang Till There Was You from The Music Man, and Mary Martin sang "I Do! I Do!".Finally, A tribute to George Abbott was introduced by Helen Hayes, with songs from Flora the Red Menace, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Boys from Syracuse, Damn Yankees, Where's Charley?, and The Pajama Game.