Tony Awards -- Lots of Stars But No Host (By Broadway Blogger Whitney Spaner)

Without an official host, executive producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner have decided to have sixty star presenters in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Tony Awards, which is a cute way to cover up the fact that no one wanted to host Broadway's biggest night.  Weiss and Kirshner were quoted as saying, "The 60th Anniversary show is bigger than just one host." Funny, since it was reported they approached everyone from Oprah, a producer of Best Musical nominee, The Color Purple, to the critically scorned Julia Roberts, who did not receive a Best Actress nod for her apparently dead pan performance in Three Days of Rain, to previous Tony winners Billy Crystal, Martin Short and sexy X-Men star Hugh Jackman. After three years of hosting Jackman was apparently unable to make room in his busy schedule for the June 11th broadcast.

"I think it's sad for the Tonys that no one was available (or would make themselves available) to host," said Village Voice columnist and Broadway aficionado Michael Musto. "I guess no one wanted to exert all that effort and then be blamed for what's inevitably a low rated (if unmissable in my theater-queen book) affair." Although it will be quite the spectacle see all of the stars including Julia Roberts and Oprah parade out to present awards, he says it won't replace having a master of ceremonies. "One fabulous host would add personality, shtick, and a big, old anchor for the whole thing."

Other stars of stage and screen that will help stir the pot include Ralph Fiennes, Eric McCormack, Cynthia Nixon, Glenn Close and Martin Short.

I've included a pic of Ralph Fiennes in Faith Healer, simply because I think he's one of the hottest Tony nominees this year.  Ah, the beauty of writing a blog!

To read more from the lovely Michael Musto visit the villagevoice


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