BY KIMI ROSE
We all can agree that award season is an exciting way to start the year. The lights, the celebrities, the looks, the speeches – it’s all so glamorous. While it has seemed long over, there’s still one that will take New York by storm this weekend, The Tony’s. Even if you aren’t a theater fan, it’s worth tuning in for a look at some of Broadway’s most captivating performances. To make it all simpler – here are the reasons to watch the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday.
1. Kevin Spacey
This year’s host is familiar to all House of Cards fans, but also to theater folks as well. Winner of Best Featured Actor in Play for his 1991 role in Lost in Yonkers, Spacey is revisiting his Broadway days by hosting one of the biggest nights in Radio City Music Hall. Some of his most recent work (besides his Netflix hit series) is starring in Clarence Darrow, a one-man play, which was first presented at the Old Vic Theatre in London, but will soon be making its debut in New York for two nights only. Spacey is undoubtedly perfect for the popular award show, and his opening number is highly anticipated.
2. The Thrilling Shows
Even if you haven’t seen any of the shows, it’s a thrill to learn more about them through their stories, the characters, and the music. Lucky for us, the Tony’s includes performances from some our favorite casts. So even if you never expect to see the musicals – take a look into their story and who knows? You may love it. The nominees for best musical are Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen (which has eight other nominations), Groundhog Day, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (which has 11 other nominations). And let’s not forget about the plays! Even without fun and moving tunes, they’re filled with incredible talent. The nominees for best play are A Doll’s House: Part 2, Oslo, Indecent, and Sweat.
3. The Celebrities
While one might be unfamiliar with the theater world and who’s who – many of Hollywood favorites can be found on Broadway! Some of the talented individuals include: Colbie Smulders (from How I Met Your Mother), Olivia Wilde (from TRON: Legacy and House), Ben Platt (from Pitch Perfect), Josh Groban, Glenn Close (from Damages), Sara Bareilles, Cynthia Nixon (from Sex and the City), and so many more. They’ll all be there, representing great theater that can be seen in the Big Apple now! Also expect past theater favorites to be there, like Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and celebrities you never knew made an appearance on Broadway. You can see their fashionable looks, moving speeches, and beautiful performances. There’s no reason NOT to watch.
If you want to see the stars align this weekend, check out the 71st Annual Tony Awards live at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 11th on CBS.