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Kevin Spacey to host the Tony Awards show

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/18/2017 By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Kevin Spacey attends the "Elvis & Nixon" world premiere screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Spacey has been picked to host this year’s Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Kevin Spacey attends the "Elvis & Nixon" world premiere screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Spacey has been picked to host this year’s Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 the 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.

Producers also hope Spacey will limit the audience erosion likely from the numbers last year when "Hamilton" drew 8.73 million viewers, up 35 percent from 2015. Last year's host was James Corden and 2015 saw Kristin Chenoweth teaming up with Alan Cumming.

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