New Tony venue a tight squeeze

Switch spurs Upper West Side story

Moving the Tony Awards from midtown’s Radio City Music Hall to the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theater didn’t bring six-time Tony nominee Rob Marshall any satisfaction.

“I come from the school that the Tonys should be held in a Broadway house,” Marshall said. “Not Radio City or the Beacon. I loved it when it was at Winter Garden and the Broadhurst.”

Fresh off his “Pirates of the Caribbean” tour, Marshall was there to support his Tony-nommed sister, “Anything Goes” director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, who found the new venue “beautiful” but tight.

“All of the sets are out on Amsterdam Avenue. There is not a lot of backstage space,” she noted.

“The Book of Mormon’s” Robert Lopez was just happy to be back at the kudofest, having previously won with “Avenue Q.” The tunesmith was, however, a tad disappointed that he wouldn’t be hearing one of his favorite f-word-laden lyrics from the song “Hasa Diga, Eebowai.”

“I’m sure if this were airing on NBC, we would have been allowed to do it,” Lopez joked, adding, “‘Hasa’ was the one we wanted to do. But ‘I Believe’ is also funny. Hopefully, it will come across on television. You can never be sure of that.”

Also hoping the number translated to TV was “I Believe” performer Andrew Rannells.

“I’m so nervous,” he admitted. “The reality is that whether or not I win, I will go do another show on Tuesday night.”

Across the street, protestors of “The Scottsboro Boys” tried to steal lensers’ attention. But Alec Baldwin, Brooke Shields and Al Pacino kept all eyes on the red carpet.

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