10 Reasons Why Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Should Co-Host the 2016 Tonys
Anthony J. Piccione
It’s that time of year again. The 2015 Tony Awards are coming up soon, and although this year’s show isn’t until June 7th, I’m already thinking ahead to 2016. Why? Because I can’t help but think about who will host that year, and I have a little dream of a specific group of co-hosts who, I think, would make the Tony awards significantly more worth watching for me.
I’m talking, of course, about Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.
I believe that this is the perfect team for hosting the Tonys, and today, I present to you the 10 biggest reasons why they should host the show.
1. Two hosts are better than one – Okay, so not all pairings of hosts at award shows have worked out in the past. (*cough*Franco and Hathaway at the Oscars*cough*) But when they do, it can be more entertaining than it would otherwise be with just one host. It remains to be seen whether this year’s pairing of Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will succeed, but we already have an idea for how this potential pairing of Stewart and McKellen would work out, thus leading to the next reason…
2. They have perfect chemistry – If you are going to have two co-hosts for the show, they MUST have just as much good chemistry as the two lead actors in any play would. All you need to do is look at what they’ve been up to over the past year or two, and you will see that these two have the most perfect “bromance” not just in the theatre community, but also perhaps in today’s pop culture, generally speaking.
3. Both are already well-established, critically acclaimed stage actors – What better choices for co-hosts than two well-known veterans of the stage such as these two? Both of them have been acting on stage for many years, and have particularly gotten acclaim for their performances in Shakespearean roles, which might make an interesting change of pace after several award shows in a row that have been more heavily oriented toward musical theatre. (More on that later.) Additionally, they have also received multiple awards and nominations for their work of the years. However, there is one unfortunate spot in their track record that leads me to my next reason.
4. To make up for them not getting Tonys in 2014 – The most recent theatre outing for these two was their production of No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot, and neither of them were recognized for their performances in 2014. While they may have been overlooked for their roles in this show, this would be a pretty decent way to make up for it. But then again, I think it’s fair to say that neither of these two fine gents are hurting for awards at this point in their careers…
5. Change of pace from the musical theatre orientated award shows – Don’t get me wrong. I love musical theatre. And I’ve loved watching great song-and-dance men like Neil Patrick Harris host the Tonys in the past. But personally, I think a change of pace every now and then can be a good thing, and I believe that includes possibly putting more emphasis on straight plays in addition to musicals, which I believe has been the main focus of award shows in the past. As mentioned earlier, both Sir Patrick and Sir Ian are distinguished actors involved in many non-musical productions over the years. What better way to start making this possible change than by bringing in two people like them to host the show?
6. Just as entertaining as themselves as they are in character – All you need to do is watch an interview (just go to YouTube) with one of them on any given talk-show and you’ll see how humorous they are while they’re just being themselves. We could use their kind of humor, in addition to their talent as performers, during the next award ceremony in 2016.
7. It will make fanboys everywhere happy – Perhaps I’m just speaking for a certain portion of readers when I make this point, but for those of us who love theatre that also love X-Men, Star Trek and The Lord of the Rings, this combination would certainly make us all very happy. But then again, it’s also worth noting that…
8. It wouldn’t be the first time an X-Men star hosted the show – In 2014, Hugh Jackman delivered a decent performance as host of the Tonys. However, no offense to Wolverine. But I’d really like to see Professor X and Magneto have a turn at the gig.
9. Two Sirs as co-hosts – When was the last time we’ve had two British gents – both of whom were knighted by the Queen for their services to the arts – as co-hosts of a major award ceremony. If anyone has the answer, please let me know, because I can’t think of any previous time this has happened off the top of my head.
10. Just because Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are the best – And yes, that is a fact… ;)
So there you have it. Still not convinced? Have any reasons that didn’t make the list? Be sure to let us know in the comments section!