Kevin Spacey has been announced as the host for the 71st Tony Awards, taking place from Radio City Music Hall on June 11. The 57-year-old actor follows in the footsteps of James Corden, who took on the duties last year, and Kristen Chenoweth/Alan Cumming and Hugh Jackman in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards,” Spacey said in the announcement, joking about the reported search for a host as the ceremony drew close. “I think my career is definitely going in the right direction. Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”
Though it’s his first time hosting, Spacey is no stranger on the Tony stage. He previously took home an award in 1991 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. I’m sure that statue is sandwiched in between his two Oscars for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty.
“We’re excited to be working with a witty and charming host who is not only a Tony-winning actor and fan of live theater, he’s also a president who is a true champion of the arts,” said executive producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, referencing Spacey’s role on the Netflix series House of Cards.
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