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2005 TONY Awards, Part I

- Backstage with the Playwrights: Special Events

2005 TONY Awards, Part I
Hosted by Hugh Jackman
At Radio City Music Hall
50th Street, Btw. 5th and 6th Avenues
NY, NY on CBS, 8:00 – 11:00 PM
(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 II for More Description and More Photos)

The outstanding publicity office of PMK/HBH, together with The American Theatre Wing’s 2005 Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards Committee, The League of American Theatres and Producers, and The American Theatre Wing, developed an entire month of events to surround and highlight the 2005 Tony Awards with classy and elegant press receptions, renowned theatrical personalities for nomination announcements, and an extra-long Red Carpet to accommodate media representatives from around the globe, each of whom had a labeled spot with the name of the respective publication, just like the May events with media labels on seats and tables. PMK/HBH thought of every possible detail, so that this internationally celebrated event would be glamorous and visible.

The photos below were taken from my designated standing spot, against the red carpet, which happened to be near the entrance to Radio City Music Hall, and thus an ideal Red Carpet photo location. The celebrities who were photographed include Tony nominees and non-nominees, League and Theatre Wing staff, film stars, television personalities, family, and friends. Some stars seemed to linger for the cameras, some lingered for networking, and others sped right through the elegant brass doors. Radio City Music Hall is actually a celebrity in its own deserving right.

Once the Red Carpet was quiet, all press had designated table space across the street at The Rainbow Room, and, in some cases, certain press had access to smaller rooms for television and print interviews. Small televisions were set up in many corners, with loudspeakers, microphones for guests, and a scrumptious buffet. In fact, PMK/HBH had arranged elegant buffets for the media at each and every event, a first class touch and quite welcome tonight after at The Red carpet viewing location. There were Internet lines and special phones for international and prominent media representatives. Once the winners became known (See 2005 Tony Awards Website for a list of all nominees and winners), PMK/HBH introduced winners or winning ensembles of actors, directors, producers to the busy media in various larger and smaller Rainbow Room venues, with ready access to the larger room, where I was stationed.

PMK/HBH had a full compliment of staff available at all times for questions, personal requests, and the smooth shuffling of celebrities back and forth from Radio City to The Rainbow Room media reception.

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

PMK/HBH Staff at Leisure

Radio City Music Hall and CBS Prepare for the 2005 Tonys

Tonys Fans Line Up to Watch the Red Carpet

The Red Carpet

Guest Arrivals

Guest Arrivals

Sondra Gilman, Chairman, American Theatre Wing

Guest Arrivals

Guest Arrivals

Jon Cryer, CBS, "Two and A Half Men"

Dana Ivey, "The Rivals"

Jesse L. Martin, "Rent", and John DuPrez, "Spamalot" Score

James Earl Jones, "On Golden Pond"

Charles Rangel, Congressman

Emmy Rossum, "Phantom of the Opera" Film

Keri Russell, TNT

Phylicia Rashad, "Gem of the Ocean"

Sandra Oh, "Sideways", "Grey's Anatomy"

Harry Smith, CBS, The Early Show

Sara Ramirez, Winner, "Spamalot"

Alan Alda and Live Schreiber, Winner, "Glengarry Glen Ross"

Kate Burton, "The Constant Wife"

Heather Goldenhersh, "Doubt"

Howard Sherman, Exec. Dir., The American Theatre Wing

Chita Rivera, formerly of "Nine"

Dan Fogler, Winner, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at