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The 71st Annual Tony Awards: My Great Disappointment

So… the 71st Annual Tony Awards have come and gone and I have to say, I generally found it to be a tedious evening. Nothing used to get me more excited than tuning in each year to the Tony Awards and being blown away by some amazing performances. Somewhere around the time when the awards ceremony left the intimacy of a Broadway theatre and instead began being held at larger venues such as Radio Music Hall did it lose something for me. Ah, yes, I suppose I am showing my age by saying this, but there was a time when the awards actually felt intimate. For reasons of space and economy, it was decided somewhere along the way that barns were the better place to celebrate theatre. This still remains an unfortunate shift in my book as I long for the days when musicals like Big River, Grand Hotel, Me and My Girl, The Secret Garden, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, City of Angels, Once on this Island, and Jelly’s Last Jam charmed me on a stage that didn’t dwarf their efforts. The Broadway of today looks very different than the one I remember of the 80s and early 90s, so I suppose nostalgia can cloud one’s judgment, but this Tony Awards in particular left me feeling very disconnected.

Kevin Spacey to Host the Tony Awards

Popular actor of stage and screen, Kevin Spacey, has been selected to host the 71st Annual Tony Awards. A Tony-winner himself, Spacey won for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1991, appearing in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. The Tony Awards will be presented live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, The Tony Awards are presented every spring as a celebration of excellence in Broadway Theatre.