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Flashback! Sara Ramirez Gives the Girls a Hoist at the Tonys

Flashback! Sara Ramirez Gives the Girls a Hoist at the Tonys

In 2005, Sara Ramirez had not yet found her way into homes across America as Dr. Callie Torres on Grey's Anatomy, but she managed to make a lasting impression during the Tony Awards telecast. Just after having her name read by James Earl Jones as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as the Lady of the Lake ...

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Flashback! Kristin Chenoweth Tells Us Her New 'Philosophy' at the '99 Tonys

Flashback! Kristin Chenoweth Tells Us Her New 'Philosophy' at the '99 Tonys

In 1999, Kristin Chenoweth had yet to play Glinda in Wicked or Olive on Pushing Daisies, but she was charming audiences on Broadway as sassy Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Here, with the help of Stanley Wayne Mathis' Schroeder, Chenoweth channels the spunky grade-schooler and lets us all in on her new philosophy, or we should ...

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Sutton Foster Forgets About the Boy at the 2002 Tony Awards

Sutton Foster Forgets About the Boy at the 2002 Tony Awards

Though it's hard to believe there was ever a time when Sutton Foster wasn't a beloved Broadway star, on Tony night 2002, she was still just a fresh face. Foster was enjoying a heck of a year, having landed the lead role of Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and garnering a Tony nomination for it. She tapped and sang ...

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Flashback! Lin-Manuel Miranda Makes a Hat at the 2008 Tony Awards

Flashback! Lin-Manuel Miranda Makes a Hat at the 2008 Tony Awards

By the time the 2008 Tony Awards came around, the theater community was well aware of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his ability to freestyle rap about basically anything. So when the charming young composer of In the Heights was awarded the Tony for Best Score, it was only right that he used his talent to express his gratitude. Miranda emotionally took ...

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Flashback! Promises Serves Up Some Tasty 'Turkey' at the 1969 Tonys

Flashback! Promises Serves Up Some Tasty 'Turkey' at the 1969 Tonys

What the heck is "Turkey Lurkey Time"? This novelty number by Burt Bacharach and Hal David became a highlight of the original 1968 production of Promises, Promises. Luckily for theater fans, the Tony-nominated choreography of Michael Bennett was preserved on that year's Tony telecast, which featured a stageful of scorching hot dancers (led by future Chorus Line star Donna McKechnie ...

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A Touch of the Poet: Mark Rylance's Bizarre Approach to Tony Acceptance Speeches

A Touch of the Poet: Mark Rylance's Bizarre Approach to Tony Acceptance Speeches

Over the years we’ve heard every kind of acceptance speech under the sun: impassioned (paging Ms. Alice Ripley), multiplied (original Billy Elliots Trent Kowalik, David Alvarez and Kiril Kulish, in stereo), teary (Karen Olivo), sardonic (Tracy Letts) and even rapped (thank you, Lin-Manuel Miranda). However, nothing could prepare us for the understated absurdity presented by 2008 Best Actor in ...

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Flashback! A Tearful Tony Win for Jersey Boy Christian Hoff

Flashback! A Tearful Tony Win for Jersey Boy Christian Hoff

In 2005, the race for the Best Featured Actor in a Musical race was pretty tight, but it's hard to imagine anyone complaining that the award ultimately went to Jersey Boys star Christian Hoff, who played bad-boy Tommy DeVito to almost eerie perfection. We have to admit, our reaction was similar to presenter Christine Ebersole, who let out an ear-piercing ...

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Flashback! 42nd Street Hoofers Tap Their Way to the 2001 Tonys

Flashback! 42nd Street Hoofers Tap Their Way to the 2001 Tonys

Over the course of decades of CBS Tony Award telecasts, there have been some pretty amazing opening numbers (and some pretty cheesy ones, too!), but this one takes the cake as one of the best. In 2001, the cast of the Broadway revival of 42nd Street literally tapped their way from the stage of the Ford Center for the Performing ...

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Flashback! Liza Kicks Off the 1993 Tony Awards (Literally!)

Flashback! Liza Kicks Off the 1993 Tony Awards (Literally!)

Just as you were recovering from Liza Minnelli's contemporary comeback with Beyonce's "Single Ladies" (and if you haven't heard the clip yet, what are you waiting for?) we dug up this little hunk of retro Tony Awards gold from 1993. In cast you forgot, that was the year Liza with a Z hosted the big night, guaranteeing a night full ...

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Who’s She? You’re Gonna Love Jennifer Holliday’s Dreamgirls Tony Performance

Who’s She? You’re Gonna Love Jennifer Holliday’s Dreamgirls Tony Performance

OK, theater fans. This one is the mother lode! Almost two-and-a-half-million people have watched this eight-and-a-half minutes from the 1982 Tony Awards on YouTube, featuring Jennifer Holliday as Effie White and the cast of Dreamgirls singing “It’s All Over” and “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” Every night in the Imperial Theatre, audiences hooted, hollered and stood ...

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Tony Flashback: Winning Host Hugh Jackman Upstages a Camel & Shimmies with Sarah Jessica

Tony Flashback: Winning Host Hugh Jackman Upstages a Camel & Shimmies with Sarah Jessica

Hugh Jackman isn’t the first actor to have won a Tony Award the same year he hosted the ceremony. He is however the only actor to have hosted, won a Tony, and rode a camel across stage! During the 2004 Tony Awards Jackman donned some very un-Wolverine-like tight, golden pants and a leopard print shirt to embody the flamboyant Peter ...

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Tony Flashback: Rent Fans See a Starry Reunion on the 2008 Tony Telecast

Tony Flashback: Rent Fans See a Starry Reunion on the 2008 Tony Telecast

In June 2008, the Tony Award-winning musical Rent was in the home stretch of its 12-year run on Broadway. The ground-breaking musical, which opened in 1996 and won the Tony for Best Musical that year, was set to close in September. To celebrate this beloved show, the Tony telecast showcased a rare reunion of the original and current Broadway casts ...

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