40th Tony Awards

The 40th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held on June 1, 1986, at the Minskoff Theatre and was broadcast by CBS television.

40th Tony Awards
DateJune 1, 1986
LocationMinskoff Theatre, New York City
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS

The ceremony

The opening number was "Wanna Sing A Show Tune". The special number was "Forty Years of Broadway Show Music", which included songs from musicals including Annie, Big River, Finian's Rainbow, Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, and Sweet Charity. The finale was the company singing "Give My Regards to Broadway".[1][2]

There were also vignettes from past Tony Award-winning plays.[1][2][3]

The presenters and performers were: Debbie Allen, Susan Anton, Bea Arthur, Nell Carter, Agnes de Mille, José Ferrer, Sandy Duncan, Phyllis Frelich, Helen Hayes, Michael Kidd, Cleo Laine, Jack Lemmon, Hal Linden, John V. Lindsay, Dorothy Loudon, Karen Morrow, Bernadette Peters, Stefanie Powers, Juliet Prowse, Tony Randall, Lee Roy Reams, Ann Reinking, Lee Remick, Alfonso Ribeiro, Chita Rivera, John Rubinstein, Rex Smith, Marlo Thomas, Leslie Uggams, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Ben Vereen, David Wayne, Tom Wopat.[2][4]

Musicals that performed were Big Deal ("Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar" - Company); Song & Dance ("Unexpected Song" - Bernadette Peters); Tango Argentino (Dance Excerpts - Company); and The Mystery of Edwin Drood ("There You Are"/"Don't Quit While You're Ahead" - George Rose and Company).[2][1]

Winners and nominees

Winners are in bold

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival Best Book of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Scenic Design Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design

Special award

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ceremony, 1986" tonyawards.com, accessed June 2, 2016
  2. ^ a b c d Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: A Backwards Glance—the 1986 Tony Awards PLUS McDonald and 'Evita' Recordings" Playbill, July 21, 2006, accessed June 2, 2016
  3. ^ Nemy, Enid. "Five Tonys Are Won By 'Drood'", The New York Times, June 2, 1986, p.C13
  4. ^ "The 40th Annual Tony Awards-1986" PlaybillVault, accessed June 2, 2016

External links

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Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical

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Tony Award for Best Choreography

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Tony Award for Best Costume Design

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Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical

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Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play

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Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

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Tony Award for Best Lighting Design

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Tony Award for Best Musical

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This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Tony Award for Best Original Score

The Tony Award for Best Original Score is the Tony Award given to the composers and lyricists of the best original score written for a musical or play in that year. The score consists of music and lyrics. To be eligible, a score must be written specifically for the theatre and must be original; compilations of non-theatrical music or compilations of earlier theatrical music are not eligible for consideration.

Tony Award for Best Play

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Tony Award for Best Revival

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If there are not enough revivals, it is possible under the current Tony rules for this category to return. Any time there are three play revivals and three musical revivals, the categories are automatically separated; if there are fewer, the Tony Awards Administration Committee may still choose to split up the categories.

Tony Award for Best Scenic Design

This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for outstanding set design of a play or musical. The award was first presented in 1947. In 1960, 1961, and since 2005, the category was divided into Scenic Design in a Play and Scenic Design in a Musical with each genre receiving its own award.

Play
Musical
Special (non-competitive)
Retired
Ceremonies

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