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Kevin Spacey to host Broadway's Tony Awards

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of House of Cards in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-Hamilton hangover.

June 11 ceremony set for New York's 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall

Kevin Spacey, who stars as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, will host this year's Tony Awards. The Tony-winning American actor and director served as artistic director of the U.K.'s Old Vic Theatre for more than a decade. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Associated Press)

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of House of Cards in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-Hamilton hangover.

The telecast on June 11 will originate from New York's 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall and producers are sure to be keeping their fingers crossed that they avoid any technical or human snafus that have marred previous awards shows this year, including the wrong winner announced at the Oscars and sound issues at the Grammys.

Spacey, who won Oscars for the movies The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, won a Tony Award in 1991 in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Long Day's Journey into Night.

With a foot in both Broadway and Hollywood — and a career singing onscreen and in concert to boot — Spacey brings glamour and acting chops to the job.

In a statement, he alluded to the telecast producers scrambling for a host after other celebrities dropped out.

"I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth 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," he said.

"Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down."

Producers also hope Spacey will limit the audience erosion likely from the numbers last year when Hamilton and host James Corden drew 8.73 million viewers, up 35 per cent from 2015 and its largest audience since 2001.

Previous hosts include Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane and Sean Hayes.

Late night's James Corden, left, and actor Jeff Daniels are seen performing a bit during the 2016 Tony Awards. (Evan Agostini/Invision/Associated Press)

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