Spacey to host Tony Awards

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKYFULLOFSTARS -

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year’s Tony Awards, putting the award-win­ning star of House

of Cards in the un­en­vi­able po­si­tion of steer­ing a tele­cast surely fac­ing a post-Hamil­ton hang­over.

The tele­cast on June 11 will orig­i­nate from the 6,000seat Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall, and pro­duc­ers are sure to be keep­ing their fin­gers crossed that they avoid any tech­ni­cal or hu­man sna­fus that have marred pre­vi­ous awards shows this year, in­clud­ing the wrong win­ner an­nounced at the Os­cars and sound is­sues at the Gram­mys.

Spacey, who won Os­cars for the movies The Usual

Sus­pects and Amer­i­can Beauty, won a Tony Award in 1991 in Neil Si­mon’s Lost in Yonkers and starred in the Broad­way and West End pro­duc­tions of Long Day’s Jour­ney into Night. With a foot in both Broad­way and Hol­ly­wood - and a ca­reer singing on­screen and in con­cert to boot - Spacey brings glam­our and act­ing chops to the job.

In a state­ment, he al­luded to the tele­cast pro­duc­ers scram­bling for a host af­ter other celebri­ties dropped out. “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,” he said. “Maybe I can get short­listed to host the Os­cars if ev­ery­one else turns it down.”

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