In 2017, the Tonys occur on June 11. This year’s ceremony celebrates the wide variety of Broadway offerings from the classic to the latest. According to the Huffington Post, there are 8 Broadway shows that theatre fans should know (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/8-things-every-broadway-fan-should-watch-read-or-see-before-the-tonys_us_59399d80e4b006105480c51d).
1) Dear Evan Hansen
Nominated for Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” is musical created by songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek – the team behind the critically acclaimed movie “La-La-Land”. Dear Evan Hanson stars Ben Platt.
Pulitzer Prize winner “Sweat”, written by Lynn Nottage, is nominated for Best Play. Sweat is a story that examines the lives of a group of factory workers living and working in a small town in Pennsylvania.
3) The Little Foxes
“The Little Foxes” is nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Little Foxes is a period piece that takes place in small Alabama town during the 1900’s. It stars Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon who exchanged roles during the play’s run.
Nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, “Falsettos” tells the story about the impact of divorce and a father professing his homosexuality on a family that struggles to stay together.
5) Hello Dolly
“Hello Dolly” is a classic nominated for Best Revival of a Musical. Broadway actress Bette Midler makes her comeback in the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi.
Written by playwright August Wilson, “Jitney” is nominated for Best Revival of a Play. Jitney tells the story of unofficial taxi drivers in the 1970’s who transported working class African Americans in the Pittsburgh Hill District when others refused them transportation.
7) Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Nominated for Best Musical, this complex, interactive show is based on a section of “War & Peace” and stars Josh Groban.
8) The Present
Actress Cate Blanchette is nominated for Best Actress in this play based on an unfinished Chekhov title.
Kevin Spacey hosted the Tony Awards on June 11th, and his shtick crumbled like a house of cards. On paper, Mr. Spacey seemed like a good choice to host the event. He started his career as a stage actor, won a Tony in 1991 for his work in “Lost in Yonkers,” and served as artistic director of London’s Old Vic for over a decade. The guy has Broadway in his veins. Credentials aside, Kevin Spacey was a terrible host. His performance at the Tony’s was bad enough to make Frank Underwood cringe.
When it comes to determining the worst host of an awards show, the field is crowded. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are widely regarded as being the worst hosts in Oscar history, although David Letterman was blasted for his Oscar hosting skills in 1995. Hosting a big budget, globally televised awards show is a difficult job. It’s a balancing act of likeability, charm, stand-up comedy and cutting-edge provocation. If a host goes too far, the crowd and audience turn on him. If he doesn’t go far enough, critics say his performance is lackluster and uninspired.
Kevin Spacey’s performance at the Tony Awards featured a lackluster opening monologue, outdated impressions, questionable musical numbers, misfiring gags and insider jokes by the dozen. The show was fours hours long and far less politicized than last year’s broadcast, when “Hamilton” won 11 awards and the Pulse nightclub shooting, the worst in American history, claimed 27 lives earlier in the day.
Instead of doing Bill Clinton and Johnny Carson impressions or a song and dance number about his hosting abilities, Kevin Spacy could have cleverly criticized Delta and Bank of America for withdrawing sponsorship of the Public Theater in New York City. The conservative media wrongly accused the theater of advocating the assassination of Donald Trump. It was the perfect time for Kevin Spacey to sing about the value of free speech.
Kevin Spacey has been regarded as one of the most talented performers in show business for many years. He has portrayed many memorable characters on stage and screen. He has won Oscar and Tony awards for his acting brilliance. He is also a very talented singer. Therefore, Spacey was a very obvious choice to host the 2017 Tony Awards. This is the show that honors the greatest achievements in Broadway musicals and plays. Spacey has talked about hosting the Tony Awards for quite some time. However, he finally has the time this year to actually do it. Scheduling conflicts during the past several years have preventing Spacey from being able to commit the time needed for the rehearsals leading up to the event.
Kevin is best known for his acting in movies. However, he considers himself a stage actor first and foremost. He has said on many occasions that there is nothing quite as thrilling as being on stage in front of a live audience. He loves the rush of acting without a net. This is why he wanted to host the Tonys so badly. He will be able to honor other stage actors like himself. He has said that he has many surprises in store when he eventually hosts Broadway’s biggest night of the year.
Kevin Spacey has been asked how he has been able to stay relevant for so many years when other actors fade into obscurity. He says that he is not quite sure. He simply chooses projects that allow him to play characters that interest him. He really does not put much thought into the mass appeal of the project. His role on “House of Cards” came about because he simply wanted to play a scheming politician. He feels that many actors put too much thought into their career choices and they end up making bad decisions. Spacey has spent many years guiding his career using his gut instinct. He looks forward to hosting the Tony Awards.