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TonyAwards.com to Webcast Red Carpet Arrivals and Pre-Telecast Awards

Producers of the 59th Annual American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards announced today that their official website, www.TonyAwards.com, will offer exclusive access via live (streamed) video to the first 9 awards from the stage of Radio City Music Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.(ET)/4:00 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, June 5th. The site will also feature live footage from the Red Carpet hosted by Paige Price and Robert Viagas starting at 6:15 p.m. (ET)/3:15 p.m. (PT). The 2005 Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.

Idina Menzel (2004 Tony winner for Best Actress in a Musical, for her portrayal Elphaba in Wicked) will serve as host for the first 9 awards, which will be available exclusively on the TonyAwards.com website. Menzel will present the awards for Best Orchestrations, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Musical as well as the Best Regional Theatre Award (Theatre de la Jeune Lune of Minneapolis, Minnesota) and the Lifetime Achievement Award which will be presented to Edward Albee.

Other highlights on www.TonyAwards.com include:

MEET THE NOMINEES AND WINNERS: Fans can view video and print interviews with this year's Tony hopefuls, as well as backstage interviews with winners and presenters on Tony night.

READ THE PERSONAL DIARIES OF NOMINEES: Read the first-hand accounts by nominees of the backstage excitement and anxiety leading up to June 5. Diary contributors include Dana Ivey (nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Play) and Jerry Mitchell (Best Choreography).

SHOP THE TONYS: TonyAwards.com is the outlet for Tony souvenirs, including the official Tony poster, T-shirts, and the Tony Awards Songbook.

TONY MEMORIES: Watch video clips of Christine Ebersole, Leslie Uggams, Mercedes Ruehl, Tonya Pinkins, Donna Murphy, Kristin Chenoweth, Joanna Gleason, John Lithgow, Randy Graff, Denis O'Hare, Chita Rivera, Harold Prince, Barbara Cook, Ben Vereen and more than a dozen other past honorees, who share their memories of their winning moments.

HISTORICAL TONY AWARDS DATABASE: Visit the comprehensive official database of Tony Award nominees and winners from 1947 through the present to answer all of your questions on the history of the Tonys.

MUCH MORE: Download and print your own Tony ballot; view photo galleries; take the Tony trivia quiz; make your predictions about who will win; take the Daily Tony Poll; read the virtual Tony Playbill.

The Tony Awards will be hosted by Hugh Jackman and broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the stage of Radio City Music Hall on CBS Sunday, June 5th, 8:00-11:00PM (ET/PT time delay). Presenters and performers paying tribute to Broadway this year include: Joan Allen, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle, Marcia Cross, Aretha Franklin, Ethan Hawke, Sandra Oh, Emmy Rossum, Julia Stiles, and many others.

The official Tony Awards web site, www.TonyAwards.com, is developed, designed, and hosted by IBM, an official partner of the Tonys. This marks the first year that IBM is also sponsoring the Tony Award Nominations. News and feature content is provided in cooperation with Playbill.com. Along with IBM, official partners of the Tonys include Visa, the exclusive card accepted at the Tonys. Continental Airlines, Saab, and Sprint are official supporters.

The Tonys are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. At the League, Gerald Schoenfeld is Chairman and Jed Bernstein is President. At the Wing, Sondra Gilman is Chairman, Doug Leeds is President and Howard Sherman is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Elizabeth I. McCann is Managing Producer and Joey Parnes is Coordinating Producer.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment are Executive Producers of the 2005 Tony Awards. In addition, Glenn will serve as Director of the 2005 Tonys.

Promotional and media partners for the 2005 Tony Awards include Macy's, Virgin Entertainment, USA TODAY, Playbill, Movie Tunes and Van Wagner.

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