New York Daily News
Why Jane Lynch should host the Tonys
March 18, 2013
Broadwayâ€™s annual prizefight is going back to where the Rockettes have a leg up.
So whoâ€™s the host? Still to be announced, and the search is under way, says an awards insider. I suggestÂ Jane Lynch, the Emmy-winning star of â€œGlee.â€ â€œThe wish list always includes whoâ€™s now on Broadway or associated with Broadway,â€ says the source.
But for my money, Lynch leads the pack. Hereâ€™s why: She makes her Broadway debut as meanie Miss Hannigan in â€œAnnieâ€ on May 16. Thatâ€™s smack dab in the middle of when the Tony nominations are made on April 30 and when the trophies are handed out.
Sheâ€™s hilarious and fearless. She can sing and dance. Sheâ€™s got a following from â€œGleeâ€ and beyond. And sheâ€™s got experience as an emcee of the Emmys.
Granted, TV critic Alessandra Stanley groused that on Emmy night, Lynch â€œmade more than one reference to being gay, which didnâ€™t seem that pertinent.â€
Says the inside source, â€œThat wonâ€™t be a problem at the Tonys.â€
For the past two years, the Tonys were given out at the Beacon Theater on the upper West Side because the now-shuttered Cirque du Soleilâ€™s â€œZarkanaâ€ was in residence at Radio City. Neil Patrick Harris emceed those shows.