Kevin Spacey will host the Tony Awards on June 11, 2017Category: Television
Kevin Spacey is one of a few actors in Hollywood who can do it all. He is just as good at drama as he is at comedy. He can sing and dance. In other words, he’s the whole package. Spacey has won two Oscars, a Golden Globe, and a Tony in his long and successful career. His latest gig will be hosting the Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
Spacey has played a variety of characters in his career, including Richard Nixon, Bobby Darin, and his current role as President Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards.
“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” quipped Spacey. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”
Jack Lemmon was his mentor and Spacey was/is close with the Lemmon family, including Jack’s son Chris who fondly referred to him as his “brother” during an interview we had years ago.
Spacey was the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London for over ten years however he has now relinquished that position. His countless awards and nominations has set the actor in high regard in both the film and live entertainment businesses.
“We are thrilled to have Kevin, who has mastered the Broadway stage, the big and small screens and the West End, host this year’s Tony Awards! His spirit and passion for live theatre makes him the perfect host, and we can’t wait to see the energy he brings to Radio City on Tony night!” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.
The Tony Awards highlight excellence in the past year on Broadway. The nominations will be made May 2. The 71st Annual Tony Awards airs June 11 on CBS.
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