Tonys: David Hyde Pierce Performs "Penny in My Pocket" From 'Hello, Dolly!'
Bette Midler, who takes on the role of the brassy matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, did not perform at the awards show.
David Hyde Pierce gave out a bit of business advice at the Tony Awards with a performance of the Hello, Dolly! song "Penny in My Pocket."
Tony nominees Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce star in Jerry Zaks’ revival of the musical classic, which features a score by Jerry Herman; the playwright is Michael Stewart. Warren Carlyle choreographs the show, paying tribute to the work of the original production's director-choreographer Gower Champion. It earned 10 Tony nominations.
Midler, who takes on the role of the brassy matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, did not perform at the awards show, and instead presented an award. Producers of the musical initially aimed to have Midler perform remotely from the show's Shubert Theatre, but the awards show's producers opted against that preference.
Honoring the best of the Broadway season, the awards were handed out in a June 11 ceremony that aired live on CBS from New York City. Kevin Spacey made his debut as the annual event's emcee.