June 10, 2014 at 3:41 am #433515
Let’s start the discussion as to who we think should host next year. It may seem early, but both the Emmys and Oscar forums have discussions on the next year immediately after, so why can’t this one too?
I think the Tony Awards are playing it a little safe these days by bringing back solid hosts Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. Both are great hosts, but now the Tonys need to maybe consider some new blood, and luckily both men will probably be unavailable next year, as Jackman will be on Broadway, and NPH will obviously want to spend some time away from Broadway for a little while (and who can blame the dude? )
I think the only two people I can see returning successfully are Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg – they are both starting to get more popular again (Whoopi because of her increasing social media presence and Rosie for her efforts at remaking her career and image). I don’t know if either ladies will get it (although Rosie’s appearance at the Tonys on Sunday makes me think she’ll probably be in mind).
I think that Stephen Colbert might also get the gig – he’s moving to CBS, going to be in New York, is a notorious Broadway-lover and he can sing. Not to mention that he is one of the most beloved entertainers around today. I expect to see him as the rotating host of the Emmys and Tonys (ala Neil Patrick Harris)
What are your thoughts?June 10, 2014 at 5:46 am #433517
I can only think of three people besides the ones you mentioned:
2) Nathen Lane
3)Wayne BradyJune 10, 2014 at 5:51 am #433518
^ Remember it’s on TV – Has to be someone universally recognizable and ‘known’ – Audra & Wayne wouldn’t be suitable in that regard, and Nathan is old hat I’m afraid. Besides, he’s in a show next year on Broadway and I don’t think he’d double up on duties.
Whoopi was outstanding when she hosted in 2008; would love to see her take another crack at the whip.June 10, 2014 at 5:59 am #433519
^I would personally love to see Brady take a shot,and think that he is recognizable enough to most audiences. He was on Whose Line for a long time, and has hosted Let’s Make a Deal long enough that people would probably know about it. Also, he was a recurring character on HIMYM. The only thing stopping me from picking him is that he hasn’t been on Broadway recently. But that didn’t stop Jackman.June 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #433520
Next year’s host will be the 69th, not the 68th.
I mentioned this before, but I’d be all for Rosie getting another shot at hosting the Tonys in the near future.June 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm #433522
Rosie was a GREAT host. Her love of Broadway was infectious. I’d love to see her come back, especially now that she’s gotten a little more cynical.June 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm #433523
Rosie!!!!!!!June 11, 2014 at 6:17 am #433524
Kristin Chenoweth would be funJune 11, 2014 at 10:15 am #433525
I think Stephen Colbert is a great choice. He actually has a great voice, talented comedian, is a huge Broadway fan, and has a great rapport/friendship with many Broadway stars (like Audra) which he can put to use for a big opening number. And after years of Jackman and Harris, they will be under pressure to find someone so universally recognizable and charismatic. Colbert seems to fit that bill.
Id love to see Rosie take another crack at hosting, but Im not sure she currently has enough of a presence for CBS to sign her. Of course, a lot can happen in a year, so its not out of the question.
I really wish Laura Benanti was a bigger name outside of the theatre realm. She has a great sense of humor and was wonderful at the Drama Desk awards. And if you havent seen her video as Fosca from Passion trying to get tourists to take a picture with her in Times Square…youtube it now. golden. Maybe if she keeps doing those NBC musicals she will have enough clout to host in a few years.June 11, 2014 at 10:43 am #433526
I just think Stephen Colbert is the obvious choice, and he deserves it.
I’d love to see Rosie do it, but if she goes back to The View, the idea will be dead in the water.June 11, 2014 at 11:02 am #433527
Chenoweth was DYNAMITE that year she hosted the Drama Desk Awards. I also enjoyed her as the Critic’s Choice Awards host. She’d make a fun Tony host.
Benanti is also very funny. She just needs to garner a little more fame…September 9, 2014 at 3:03 am #433528
I’d like to see Stephen Colbert host, but it’s probably going to be James Corden.September 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm #433529
Yeah James Corden now sounds like a good chance with CBS, the big hit musical film adaptation of the year, and having a Tony. Would love to see Whoopi, Rosie, or Stephen do it. I would love for Lane to do it again because he is still around with his guest performances on The Good Wife (on CBS too) and Modern Family. But I am hoping for new blood this year because as much as I love Neil, I think even he knows that people are getting a little burned out with him. Don’t get me wrong, I woud love to see him host in maybe 3 years like Jackman did but I think we both agree he needs a break. Jackman would be good to do it again if he actually didn’t get his musical numbers during the commercials and the audience doesn’t get to see it until the last noteMarch 31, 2015 at 4:22 am #433530
I assume this will be announced any day now.
I am going to bet on either Stephen Colbert (the Tony will be near the time he takes over The Late Show, and he’s a great lover of Broadway and a brilliant entertainer) or James Corden. I don’t think Whoopi Goldberg or Rosie O’Donnell are likely – Whoopi is on The View, and Rosie was on The View until recently, so there might be an internetwork clash.
Just not Neil Patrick Harris again, please.