Debuts on May 5 the Official Tony Awards® Web Site

Hosted and Sponsored by IBM and Tony Award Productions

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The World Wide Web is a stage beginnin - 04 May 2000:

- The most extensive archive of historical information about the Tony Awards covering 54 years of Tony nominees, winners and performers;

- The most complete and up-to-date resource of biographies, photos and background for Tonys 2000 individual nominees and nominated shows;

- Complete acceptance speeches and remarks by 2000 Tony Award winners;

- The opportunity for fans of the Tony Awards to have their Tony Award parties posted on the Web site;

- Script excerpts from nominated shows;

- Downloadable Tony ballots, documents and high resolution photos;

- Interactive online chats with nominees, winners and other members of the Broadway community; and,

- User polls and Tony trivia quizzes.

Since 1995, IBM has sponsored, developed and hosted 35 highly-trafficked Web sites for some of the world's most prominent events and organizations. The company is firmly committed to the performing arts, serving as an e-business partner and sponsoring numerous arts organizations and events.

"IBM is thrilled to help the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards transform itself into an e-business and extend its reach," said Marianne Caponnetto, vice president, WorldwideMedia/Digital Media for IBM. "Through IBM Global Services, the Tonys can now reach out and communicate with audiences throughout the world. This partnership benefits everyone, but most importantly it will help theatergoers -- with 24-hour access to the Tony Awards."

Edgar Dobie, Managing Producer for Tony Award Productions, said "We believe IBM is the ideal partner to extend the Tony Awards to an international online audience. We are confident our new partnership will generate significant interest for the Tony Awards through" IBM is including in their 1999-2000 e-business campaign, promoting the Tony Awards URL in print and other national marketing activities.

Rosie O'Donnell will host the 54th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, which will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 4. PBS stations begin the national telecast at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with The First Ten Awards: Tonys 2000, a one-hour special produced for PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York. CBS will televise The 2000 Tony Awards 9:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The 2000 Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM is dedicated to helping customers, business partners and developers across a wide range of industries leverage the power of the Internet for e-business. More information about IBM is available at

The American Theatre Wing, founded in 1917, is the service organization for the theater community throughout the United States offering professional training in all aspects of theater, seminars, educational outreach, theater initiation programs for young people and scholarships. Antoinette "Tony" Perry, for whom the Tony Awards were named, is a founding member of the American Theatre Wing. Roy A. Somlyo is President and Isabelle Stevenson is Chairman.

The League of American Theatres and Producers, founded in 1930, is the national trade organization for the Broadway industry with over 400 members including theater owners, operators, producers and presenters of Broadway productions in New York and 140 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Jed Bernstein is President and Cy Feuer is Chairman.

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