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57th Tony Awards
57th Tony Awards
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Official poster for the 57th annual Tony Awards
DateJune 8, 2003
LocationRadio City Music Hall, New York City, New York
Hosted byHugh Jackman
Most awardsHairspray (8)
Most nominationsHairspray (13)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership7.8 million[1]
Produced byRicky Kirshner
Gary Smith
Directed byGlenn Weiss

The 57th Annual Tony Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2003, and broadcast by CBS television. The event was hosted for the first time by Hugh Jackman.

The ceremony

The ceremony was broadcast on national prime time television on CBS for three hours, rather than two hours on CBS and one hour on PBS, as had been done for several years previously.[2] The television ratings were 5.4, down slightly from the 2002 telecast of 5.9.[3] During the ceremony, at the end of their acceptance speech for Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman kissed each other, making them the first public same-sex kiss at an awards show, predating Britney Spears and Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Presenters included: Benjamin Bratt, Toni Braxton, Matthew Broderick, Alan Cumming, Edie Falco, Joey Fatone, Laurence Fishburne, Sutton Foster, Danny Glover, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella, John Leguizamo, John Lithgow, Julianna Margulies, Bebe Neuwirth, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, Ann Reinking, John Spencer, Marisa Tomei, Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters. In addition, Jason Alexander and Martin Short, the stars of the national company of The Producers, presented an award from the stage of Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.[4]

There were memorial tributes to cartoonist Al Hirschfeld, writer Peter Stone, and lyricist Adolph Green.

Shows that performed were:[4]

New Musicals:

  • Movin' Out - Billy Joel opened by performing "New York State of Mind" live from Times Square, leading to a medley of "River of Dreams", "Keep the Faith" and "Only the Good Die Young" performed by the company of Movin' Out on stage at Radio City Music Hall.
  • Hairspray - Marissa Jaret Winokur, Matthew Morrison, Kerry Butler, Harvey Fierstein, and Mary Bond Davis led the company with "You Can't Stop the Beat"
  • A Year with Frog and Toad - Mark Linn-Baker and Jay Goede performed "Alone"


  • Nine - Antonio Banderas performed "Guido's Song" with the company
  • La bohème - The company (including all 10 members of the principal ensemble) performed a medley from the opera
  • Gypsy - Bernadette Peters performed "Rose's Turn"
  • Man of La Mancha - Brian Stokes Mitchell performed "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)" with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Awards and nominees

Winners are in bold

Source:The New York Times[5]

Best Play Best Musical
Best Revival of a Play Best Revival 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 Book of a Musical Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Scenic Design Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design Best Orchestrations
Best Direction of a Play Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography

Special awards

Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre
  • The principal ensemble of La bohème, including Mimis Lisa Hopkins, Ekaterina Solovyeva and Wei Huang; Rodolfos David Miller, Jesús Garcia and Alfie Boe; Musettas Jessica Comeau and Chlöe Wright; and Marcellos Eugene Brancoveanu and Ben Davis
  • Paul Huntley
  • Johnson-Liff Casting Associates
  • The Acting Company
Lifetime Achievement Tony Award
Special Theatrical Event
Regional Theatre Tony Award

Multiple nominations and awards


^[I] The thirty composers nominated for Urban Cowboy were Jeff Blumenkrantz, Bob Stillman, Jason Robert Brown, Danny Arena, Sara Light, Lauren Lucas, Jerry Silverstein, Martie Maguire, Wayland D. Holyfield, Bob Lee House, Carl L. Byrd, Pevin Byrd-Munoz, Luke Reed, Roger Brown, Jerry Chesnut, Marcus Hummon, Clint Black, James Hayden Nicholas, Tommy Conners, Skip Ewing, Charles Daniels, Tom Crain, Fred Edwards, Taz DiGregorio, Jim Marshall, Charlie Hayward, Wanda Mallette, Patti Ryan, Ronnie Dunn and Bob Morrison.


  1. ^ Porter, Rick (June 13, 2010). "Tony Awards Ratings History". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 16, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ McKinley, Jesse.Broadway Enjoys Its Moment" The New York Times, June 9, 2003.
  3. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Final Ratings for Tonys Down from 2002" Archived 2011-09-14 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, June 10, 2003.
  4. ^ a b "2003 - 57th Annual Tony Awards". Tonyawards.com. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "The Winners". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011.

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