"Kiss Me Kate" (© Joan Marcus) HOLLYWOOD, June 4, 2000 -- It wasn't exactly the Broadway season of the mass-market friendly "Lion King," so bear with us.
The 54th Annual Tony Awards were presented tonight in New York to stuff named "Copenhagen" (best play) and "Contact" (best musical), and to people named Michael Blakemore (best director, for "Copenhagen" and "Kiss Me Kate") and Roy Dotrice (best featured actor in a play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten").
And now for some things and people you have heard of: Rosie O'Donnell and Nathan Lane (hosts of the joint PBS-CBS telecasts), Elton John and Tim Rice (winners of best score for Disney's "Aida") and Boyd "Used to Play Barbara's Husband on 'One Day at a Time'" Gaines (best featured musical actor for "Contact" -- his third career win).
In other major awards, "Kiss Me Kate," the old Cole Porter show, was named best musical revival, en route to a night-best five wins.
Other multiple winners were: "Contact" and "Aida" with four each, and "The Real Thing" with three (including best play revival).
Here's a rundown of the winners in the major categories for the 54th Annual Tony Awards:
PLAY: "Copenhagen" MUSICAL: "Contact" REVIVAL (PLAY): "The Real Thing" REVIVAL (MUSICAL): "Kiss Me, Kate" ACTOR (PLAY): Stephen Dillane, "The Real Thing" ACTRESS (PLAY): Jennifer Ehle, "The Real Thing" ACTOR (MUSICAL): Brian Stokes Mitchell, "Kiss Me, Kate" ACTRESS (MUSICAL): Heather Headley, "Aida" DIRECTOR (PLAY): Michael Blakemore, "Copenhagen" DIRECTOR (MUSICAL): Michael Blakemore, "Kiss Me, Kate"