Host Kevin Spacey opened the 71st annual Tony Awards with a 11-minute marathon medley that highlighted the four nominated musicals: the critics darling “Dear Evan Hansen,” the epic “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” the sleeper hit “Come From Away” and the tuner version of the film “Groundhog Day.” The Oscar and Tony-winning Spacey, renowned for his acting, proved to be a deft song-and-dance man too. Watch this dazzling number above.
Spacey starts off as an ersatz Evan Hansen, clad in a costume that includes a cast (although he has the #HOST). Singing specially written lyrics set to the music of the show’s standout number, “You Will Be Found,” Spacey makes merry with his selection as host of Broadway’s biggest night.
He continues to mock both himself and his critics as he segues into a number from “Groundhog Day” (a stagehand switches the cast to his leg in homage to that show’s leading man, Andy Karl, who injured himself onstage). Then he shifted to replicating Josh Groban‘s accordion playing in “The Great Comet” before trying on the turban worn by Norma Desmond in “Sunset Bouelvard.” In the end, he dons top hat and tails and does a tap dance number that makes full use of the stage at Radio City Music Hall.