NEW YORK, April 18 Stage and screen actor Kevin
Spacey will host the Tony Awards, celebrating the best of
Broadway theater, in June, organizers said on Tuesday.
It will be Spacey's first time hosting the Tonys, which will
take place in New York on June 11, broadcaster CBS said.
Spacey, 57, an Oscar and Tony winner and current star of the
Netflix political drama "House of Cards," also served for 10
years as artistic director of London's Old Vic theater company.
"I was their 2nd choice for 'Usual Suspects,' 4th choice for
'America Beauty,' and 15th choice to host this year's Tony
Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right
direction," Spacey quipped in a statement.
"Maybe I can get short-listed to host the Oscars if everyone
else turns it down,” he added.
Spacey follows British actor and talk show host James
Corden, who helmed the 2016 Tonys and went on to host the Grammy
Awards show in February.
Nominations for the Tony awards, which cover plays, musicals
and actors on Broadway, will be announced on May 2. Hip hop
historical musical "Hamilton" swept the board last year with 11
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Dan Grebler)