Kevin Spacey Began The 2017 Tonys With A Song & Dance Number
KEVIN SPACEY OPENS TONYS WITH SONG AND DANCE NUMBER
Spacey ran through a number of musical numbers from this year’s nominees, starting out as Ben Platt‘s character from Best Musical winner “Dear Evan Hansen.” He wore a cast that read #HOST, which then made its way to his leg, mocking the knee injury suffered by “Groundhog Day The Musical” star Andy Karl.
“I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty, and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards,” Spacey joked. “I think my career is definitely going in the right direction. Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”
Spacey brought out Stephen Colbert in a groundhog head, Whoopi Goldberg, who entered from a closet, and Billy Crystal, via video chat, to offer him advice for his Tony’s hosting debut. “Just read the prompter,” they said, “Even Steve Harvey would be okay.”
The show was kept relatively unpolitical, save for a few acceptance speeches that made note of the Donald Trump administration. Bette Midler, in her first Tony winning speech, praised “Hello, Dolly!”‘s “optimism, its democracy…its love of life. This thing, she said, “has the ability to lift your spirits in this terrible, terrible time.” Kevin Kline mentioned the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Dr. Jill Biden took the stage to a standing ovation. Joe Biden sat in the crowd, among zero members of the current administration.
At the show’s end, Spacey took the stage with Patti Lupone to sing “The Curtain Falls,” written for Bobby Darin, whom Spacey has portrayed on film. “As they say in this biz, that’s all there is, there’s nothing more,” the pair sang.