It'll seem like old times when Angela Lansbury steps on stage at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York Sunday night to host the 41st annual Tony Awards. Lansbury herself is a four-time Tony winner for "Mame" (1966), "Dear World" (1969), the revival of "Gypsy" (1975) and "Sweeney Todd" (1979).
The Tonys, of course, honor excellence in the theater, and the awards telecast is customarily one of TV's better back-patting ceremonies, including as it does, scenes from nominated Broadway productions. CBS will air the program Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8.
Don Mischer, who is an Emmy and Peabody Award recipient, is executive producer of the Tony telecast this year, with David J. Goldberg as producer and Walter Miller directing.
Just ahead of the Tonys Sunday at 8 p.m., Lansbury can be seen in her own CBS series, "Murder, She Wrote." The repeat episode on tap appropriately has a theatrical theme, and finds Lansbury--in her role of Jessica Fletcher--trying to solve the mystery after an understudy drops dead on the opening night of a comedy bound for Broadway.
The photos of Lansbury on the cover show her in "Mame" (top); with Milo O'Shea in "Dear World" (lower left), and with George Hearn in "Sweeney Todd" (lower right).
"Sweeney Todd," incidentally, will be playing again on PBS' "Great Performances" later this month (June 26 on most stations; June 27 at 9 p.m. on KCET Channel 28).