Five-time Tony-winner Angela Lansbury received a special award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday, but did not accept the award in person, raising concerns from her fans.
The 96-year-old actress, who starred in several shows like “Sweeney Todd,” “Gypsy” and “Ma’am,” was not present at the 75th Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.
The award aired during the pre-show, in which he was introduced by his former “Sweeney Todd” costar, Len Cario.
Fans immediately expressed concern about the Broadway icon’s absence from the awards show.
“Angela Lansbury’s absence, even by video, is worrying. And maybe that helps explain why it wasn’t on the main broadcast,” Tweeted by a user,
“They couldn’t even record an acceptance speech to Angela Lansbury for her Lifetime Achievement Award? How weird. Then, maybe she knew she’d be a part of the pre-show and thought we didn’t deserve to hear a word. Huh, ” another pair,
“Do any checks on Angela Lansbury,” a Related fan wrote,
“I wish they had asked Angela Lansbury to send a recording because I would have loved to hear from her. She was missed so much,” chime in another,
The Post has contacted Lansbury’s management for comment.
Other fans were outraged that their award was not highlighted in the main broadcast.
“Absolutely shameful that the Lifetime Achievement Award for Angela Lansbury is not on the main broadcast, as well as very briefly. I don’t care if he’s there or not.” A Tonys viewer wrote,
“How on earth didn’t they keep Angela Lansbury’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the primetime show?” added someone else,
“Are They Seriously Honoring Angela Lansbury at the F-King Pre-Show,” one asked, “How many living legends we have. You make time for them.”
Instead of an acceptance speech, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus also paid tribute to Cario with a version of “Ma’am” following his introduction.
Actor Len Carrio, 82, who starred in the title role for “Sweeney Todd” opposite Lansbury (who played Mrs. Lovett) in 1979, joked, “There’s no one I’d run a cut-throat business with.”
“When we first met at the first rehearsal for ‘Sweeney Todd’, I was so excited and certainly a little in awe of the most incredible credentials he had,” he said.