KEVIN SPACEY poked fun at speculation about his sexuality as the 71st Tony Awards host opened Sunday night’s (11Jun17) ceremony with a song and dance musical medley.
The Oscar winner, who scored his first Tony Award back in 1991, kicked off the show with an original number inspired by tracks from the Best Musical nominees Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and Come From Away, while he also donned a dress and turban to portray Sunset Boulevard’s lead character Norma Desmond.
During his take on the production’s As If We Never Said Goodbye, Spacey made light of longrunning rumours suggesting he is secretly gay, quipping, “I’m coming out – wait! No, no, no, no.”
The House of Cards star was joined for the opening by U.S. talk show presenter Stephen Colbert and 2008 Tony’s host Whoopi Goldberg, who also joked about her sexuality as she stepped out of a closet to make her big entrance.
“How long have you been in that closet?” Spacey remarked, prompting Goldberg to respond, “Well, Kevin, it depends on who you ask!”
Spacey wrapped up the entertaining set by showing off his moves with a tap-dancing routine, complete with a cane and top hat.