2017 tony awards

Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo Saved the Otherwise Lackluster Tonys With the Power of Their Voices

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Sunday night’s Tony Awards — from a slightly painful opening number featuring host Kevin Spacey to a seemingly never-ending stream of guys in blue tuxedo jackets — were a fairly tame affair. About halfway through the telecast, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (Oh, Hello) introduced the Radio City Rockettes to perform a routine set to “New York, New York.” It was fine. The Rockettes were, well, the Rockettes. But just as we were all starting to wonder, Hmmm, why are we killing time at the Tonys with this kick line, the answer arrived in the form of two angel-voiced Tony Award winners by the names of Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton).

Who do we have to talk to about getting these two to host next year?

Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo Saved the Tonys