2017 Tony Awards: Kevin Spacey chosen to host the show

April 18, 2017

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Oscar- and Tony-winning actor Kevin Spacey will host the 71st Annual Tony Awards, which are set to take place June 11, 2017.  CBS will have the U.S. telecast of the show, which will take place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The nominations, presenters and performers are to be announced. This will be Spacey’s first time hosting the Tony Awards, the most prestigious awards for Broadway shows. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his performance in “Lost in Yonkers” in 1991.

From 2004 to 2015, Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London. During his time there, he 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.” He also 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.

Spacey has two Oscars: one for Best Actor for his role in 1999’s “American Beauty,” and the other for Best Supporting Actor for his  role in 1995’s “The Usual Suspects.” He also has several Emmy nominations for his starring role in Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

The Tony Awards are collaboration between the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League.

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