Hopefully you will forgive the sketchy quality of these Youtube clips when you relive these dazzling moments from the Tonys. Be sure to go all the way through to the end for some nearly nude Cheyenne Jackson and other male dancers with a very nervous Nathan Lane.
Dreamgirls at the 1982 Tonys
Below: Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, and other original cast members of Michael Bennett's musical Dreamgirls perform "It's All Over" and "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" on the 1982 Tony Awards. Defines gut-wrenching.
Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur at the1987 Tony Awards
Bea and Angela reprise their duet of "Bosom Buddies" from the Musical Mame, by Jerry Herman. This will hopefully help you forget the Lucille Ball version.
1998 Tonys Performance: "Willkommen" from Cabaret
Alan Cumming and the rest of the revival cast of Cabaret perform "Willkommen" at the Tony Awards in the video below. Cabaret included music by John Kander and Fred Ebb and this production was directed by Sam Mendes.
Patrick Wilson Does the Full Monty, 2011
Patrick Wilson, star of Little Children and Angels in America, performs the final act of The Full Monty together with the original Broadway cast during the 2001 Tony Awards in the video below.
Hairspray on Tony Awards, 2002
See the original 2002 Broadway cast in a performance of "You Can't Stop The Beat" at the Tony Awards in the video below.
Avenue Q at the Tony Awards in 2004
This video below is of one of Broadway's funniest musicals ever: The Avenue Q original cast performing at the 2004 Tony Awards.
Xanadu at the Tonys in 2008
Lily Tomlin introduces Xanadu's performance of "Don't Walk Away" at the 2008 Tony Awards starring Cheyenne Jackson and Kerry Butler in the video below.
The 2009 Broadway revival HAIR at the Tony Awards
Gavin Creel, Will Swenson, and the cast of the 2009 Broadway revival of the musical HAIR, perform the show's tittle song live at the Tony Awards in the video below.
La Cage Aux Folles, the 2010 Broadway Revival
Douglas Hodge, Kelsey Grammer, and the cast of the 2010 Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles perform "The Best of Times" live at the 2010 Tony Awards.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the 2011 Tony Awards
The cast of the Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert perform a special version of "It's Raining Men" featuring the original Weather Girl Martha Wash, live at the 2011 Tony Awards.
And here's a special Broadway, behind-the-scenes video below:
Nathan Lane Visits Cheyenne Jackson Backstage at Xanadu
Nathan Lane visits Xanadu star Cheyenne Jackson backstage and gets involved in an important discussion with several members of the cast.