Tony Host Alan Cumming Writes About His Night of "Terror"

News   Tony Host Alan Cumming Writes About His Night of "Terror" Alan Cumming, the Tony-winning actor who co-hosted the 69th Annual Tony Awards with Kristin Chenoweth, has penned a column about the experience for the London newspaper, The Globe and Mail. He described the show as "one of the most terrifying experiences of my life."

He said that he experienced "terror" that came from "lack of preparation" and explained, "Although it was announced that Kristin and I would be hosting the Tonys several months ago, we did not get most of the script until a few days before the broadcast nor actually rehearse any of it more than a handful of times."

He compared the experience of hosting a big internationally televised awards show to "standing in the middle of a freeway of oncoming trucks, dodging every one by some miraculous fusion of chance, adrenalin and lust for survival, never knowing if his next breath might be his last (or at least his TV-award-show-host career’s last)."

Watching the show in retrospect also supplied him with an out-of-body experience. He said he "didn’t recognize the flirty and jokey version of me that appeared."

He concluded, "this column is really a big thank-you to Kristin. I really couldn’t have done it without her."

He observed, "To say I was out of my comfort level as a Tonys host is an understatement. But...I actually had a really fun time." Click here to read Cumming's column in full.

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