Kevin Spacey will host the 2017 Tony Awards, CBS announced on Tuesday.
The annual awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11. Nominations will be announced on 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,” Spacey said in a statement. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”
Spacey is a Tony winner himself, having won the awards for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his performance in “Lost in Yonkers” in 1991. He currently stars in the Netflix drama “House of Cards.”
“A true star of television, film and theater, who better than Kevin Spacey to host this year’s Tony Awards?” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “With his extensive repertoire, charisma and unparalleled dedication to live theater, we are thrilled to have him join us for this prestigious television event.”
“We are thrilled to have Kevin, who has mastered the Broadway stage, the big and small screens and the West End, host this year’s Tony Awards! His spirit and passion for live theatre makes him the perfect host, and we can’t wait to see the energy he brings to Radio City on Tony night!” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return to executive produce the show again this year. Weiss will also serve as director for the 18th consecutive time.
“We’re excited to be working with a witty and charming host who is not only a Tony-winning actor and fan of live theatre, he’s also a president who is a true champion of the arts,” Weiss and Kirshner said in a joint statement.