The West Coast celebrated the Tony Awards in style with the Actors Fund's 18th Annual Tony Awards Party, cohosted by Florence Henderson and Constantine Maroulis. The pair paid homage to Meredith Willson's The Music Man as they led a 28-piece Broadway marching band into the Skirball Cultural Center's new Guerin Pavilion/Herscher Hall to begin the festivities.
The gala, which features the only West Coast simulcast of the Tony Awards in New York, was written, produced, and directed by Luke Yankee, and featured special stage appearances by Nancy Dussault, Michele Lee, Roger Bart, Amanda McBroom, Carole Cook, Tom Troupe, and more. The event also paid special tribute to Tony-winning Broadway legend and Theatre Hall of Famer Barbara Cook, presenting her with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement.
Among the crowd were Johnny Ortiz, Hal Holbrook, Kate Linder, Mary Jo Catlett, Doris Roberts, Leonard Maltin, Thomas Kasp, Charlotte Rae, Lee Meriwether, Ramon Estevez, Anne Jeffreys, Jenny O'Hara, Gabrielle Carteris, Cathy Rigby, Tom McCoy, Peter Hunt, Stefanie Powers, Theo Bikel, James Karen, Amy Aquino, Barbara Allyne Bennet, L. Scott Caldwell, David Rambo, Richard Herd, Ilene Graff, Marcia Rodd, Alba Francesca, Barbara Van Orden, Ruta Lee, George Pennacchio, Joe Tremaine, as well as Renée Marino and Johnny Cannizzaro from the upcoming film adaptation of Jersey Boys. Take a look at some photos from the evening's celebration.
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