Kevin Spacey to Host 71st Annual Tony Awards

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 6,000-seat 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.

Producers also hope Spacey will limit the audience erosion likely from the numbers last year when “Hamilton” drew 8.73 million viewers, up 35% from 2015. Last year’s host was James Corden and 2015 saw Kristin Chenoweth teaming up with Alan Cumming.

The nominations for the 2017 TONY Awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 2.

“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,” said Spacey. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”

Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “American Beauty,” and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “The Usual Suspects.” Recently, he starred in “Elvis & Nixon.” Next, he will be seen in the feature films “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Baby Driver” and “Rebel in the Rye.” Through his former production company Trigger Street, he produced “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, “The Social Network” and “21,” as well having produced the Emmy nominated television series “Recount” and “Bernard & Doris.”

For over a decade, Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London. He recently stepped down from this role, but during his time appeared on stage in productions of “National Anthems,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Speed the Plow,” “Inherit the Wind,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” and the acclaimed production of the one-man show “Darrow.” Spacey won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in “The Iceman Cometh,” as well as the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.” Also, he starred in the Broadway and West End productions of “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon, as well as the title role in the Sam Mendes production of “Richard III,” which toured 12 cities around the world as part of the three-year Old Vic/BAM/Bridge Project.

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

(AP, CBS)

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Tony Awards Telecast Finds Home at Beacon Theatre

The next Tony Awards have found a home – a familiar one.

The Broadway League said Tuesday that the June 12 gala will be held at the 2,900-seat Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the Tonys were handed out 2011-12.

The 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall has long been the preferred home for the awards because of its size and proximity to Broadway. But Radio City will be booked with the new “Rockettes New York Spectacular.”

CBS will again televise the event.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 28, meaning all productions on Broadway that wish to be included must have opened by that date. Nominations will be announced May 3.

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Online: http://www.TonyAwards.com (AP)

Tony Awards Viewership Jumps Up to 7.24 Million

CBS’ Tony Awards telecast saw viewership jump to 7.24 million people, the show’s largest audience in four years.

According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday’s show crowning “Kinky Boots” as best musical saw an increase of more than 1.2 million people over last year’s show. Neil Patrick Harris returned to host for the fourth time.

The broadcast was up against an episode of “Mad Men” on AMC and Game 2 of the NBA finals between San Antonio and Miami on ABC. Last year’s telecast was seen by 6 million viewers, down significantly from 2011’s 6.9 million.

Updated ratings figures will be available on Tuesday.

CBS, the longtime home for the annual Tony telecast, recently agreed to continue airing the show until 2018.

“Kinky Boots” is the big winner at the Tony Awards. The feel-good musical wins six Tonys including best musical, best original score and best leading man.

Oscar-winner Tom Hanks leaves empty-handed. The Broadway newcomer was nominated for his role in the play “Lucky Guy.” But Hanks was beaten by Tracy Letts, for his role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Cyndi Lauper wins a Tony for the music for Kinky Boots. Star Billy Porter also wins.

Other winners last night included Cicely Tyson and Judith Light.

Neil Patrick Harris was back for his fourth turn as host, as Broadway honored its best in New York last night. (AP)

2012 Tony Awards Winner List

CBS’ Tony Awards show was seen by 6 million viewers, down significantly from last year’s 6.9 million — and against much softer competition, according to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday.

The data makes it the second-lowest ratings for the Tony awards since 1988.

The Tony broadcast was up against the season finale of AMC’s “Mad Men” but faced no competition from the NBA postseason, as it did last year when it aired opposite Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Neil Patrick Harris returned as host again this year but there was no clear, dying-to-see-it front-running Broadway show like last year’s juggernaut, “The Book of Mormon.” The sweet musical “Once” won eight awards this year.

 

Winners from the 2012 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, announced Sunday.

 

Musical: “Once.”

Play: “Clybourne Park.”

Revival of a Play: “Death of a Salesman.”

Revival of a Musical: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur.”

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, “Once.”

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities.”

Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, “Once”

Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “Newsies.”

Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, “Death of a Salesman.”

Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, “Once.”

Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, “Newsies.”

Orchestration: Martin Lowe, “Once.”

Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, “Once.”

Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, “Follies.”

Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, “Once.”

Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, “Once”

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Tony Award Organizers Reveal Show Date

Theater buffs, mark your calendars. This year’s Tony Awards will be held June 10.

The American Theatre Wing announced Tuesday both the award-show date and the cutoff for eligibility to receive one of the awards. Productions must open before April 25 to be in the running.

The awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be handed out June 10 starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The telecast will broadcast live on CBS from New York’s Beacon Theatre.

Last year’s show was its first at the Beacon, a much smaller venue than the Tony Awards’ previous home at Radio City Music Hall. There was no announcement on who will be the show’s host. Last year, it was Neil Patrick Harris. (AP)

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Broadway to Mark 9/11 Anniversary With Iconic Song

Broadway plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks with a reprise of the song that performers sang inTimes Squarein the days after 9/11.

Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Joel Grey, Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields will gather with cast members from several musicals to sing John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “New York,New York” — as they did 10 years ago.

The Friday afternoon event atDuffy Squarewill include a 29-piece live orchestra. NYPD Officer Daniel Rodriguez is expected to sing an operatic “God BlessAmerica.”

The event is being put on to support the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance’s I Will Campaign.

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‘Chicago’ Becomes Broadway’s 4th Longest-Running Show

The threat of Hurricane Irene didn’t stop the cast and crew of the musical “Chicago” from celebrating a Broadway milestone.

At a small backstage party at intermission during Friday evening’s performance, the show marked its 6,137th performance — tying “A Chorus Line” for the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history.

The next performance of the John Jander and Fred Ebb musical will give it sole possession of the fourth-place spot. Because of Irene, that performance has been pushed back to Monday night.

The achievement also means that “Chicago” becomes the longest-running American show in Broadway history. Ahead of it are “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats” and “Les Miserables,” all British imports.

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