My father receives AAA World magazine (Mid-Atlantic region) and in this month’s issue there was an article about what to do in Abingdon, Virginia and one of the things is to take in a show at the Barter Theatre and it mentions that Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Kevin Spacey have all appeared there.
I wonder what Kevin would say about that now? This was what he said about it in 1989:
“Yeah, it was kind of as ugly as that, yeah, yeah. It got uglier, in fact. And then my first manager, Biff Warren laid a pretty serious foundation about understanding longevity. He sent me off to do regional theater. The first thing I did was a production of The Mousetrap at the Barter Theater in Virginia. Kinda humbling, huh? In the dead of winter. Drive through snow to do a play that’s been running for 120 years in London. It was a rich and new experience. We brought many new levels to that extraordinarily in-depth production. Then, as if that wasn’t humbling enough, I went to the Kennedy Center and understudied Brad Davis, in a play with Kathleen Turner that Tony Richardson directed. Well, any thought that I ever had of a film career was right out the window. I thought this was it. I was going to end up with Phoenix Rep directing productions of Mr. Roberts.”
Kevin has been announced as the host of this year’s Tony Awards.
The show is televised live on June 11th from 8-11pm EST (taped for PST) on CBS. From Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Kevin is quoted as saying “I was their second choice for Usual Suspects, fourth choice for American Beauty and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction. Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”
NY Times theater columnist Michael Paulson says Kevin is an unusual choice to host the show. I’m not sure why he thinks that but I will now be forced to watch the show.
I haven’t been posting for a while because my father has been ill again and has taken a lot of care from the whole family but I still have more of the stuff from the old DMS to add once I have some time. Mostly my bits of free time have consisted of attempts at catnaps while listening to British gardening videos on YouTube. I’ve also checked in on that giraffe in the wee small hours of the morning. If I could remember how to do a quick poll I’d do a poll on whether you think Kevin has been watching the giraffe when he can’t sleep. To tide you over until I have a chance to update, enjoy this picture of the only sunflower that bloomed in my garden last year. Three different varieties in 3 different places and just one bloom.
Kevin is on the CD for the Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 concert that was on TV last week. Selection number 4. You can stream it on Amazon free if you have Prime or buy the digital song from them for $1.59. The entire album is also available as streaming, MP3 album audio CD and an exclusive to Amazon deluxe audio CD. Kevin’s selection #4 is not on the deluxe CD which is 2 extra discs of just Tony Bennett.
I actually saw the CD in a display near the register at Barnes & Noble this morning and flipped it over to see if Kevin’s number was on it. And it was.
I have no idea what Kevin is currently doing. I am freezing. I don’t want to go outside. I failed in my effort to read a select number of unread books from my library of books for 2016 and I wish I had a cup of hot tea in my hand right now. Or that I was on a tropical island with warm breezes blowing instead of gusty, frigid wind making the windows rattle.
How about a nostalgic trip to Spacey island to warm you up?