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Reba McEntire's Fans Love Her 2001 Photo with Eric McCormack

Lois Oladejo
May 09, 2020
10:00 P.M.

Country singer Reba McEntire took to Instagram to share a lovely throwback photo of herself with "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack, from the 2001 Tony Awards event.

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Reba McEntire took to her Instagram with an old photo of herself and American-Canadian actor Eric McCormack. The snapshot was taken on the red carpet of the 55th Tony Awards in 2001. McEntire wrote:

"#Throwback to announcing the 2001 @thetonyawards nominations 19 years ago today with @eric_mccormack."

Reba McEntire speaks onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Reba McEntire speaks onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

The singer added that she also had so many memories on Broadway in "Annie Get Your Gun" with McCormack in 2001. Shortly after her Broadway appearance, the singer shot up to the pantheon of the great women of the American musical theater.

Reba's fans and followers were delighted to see the old photo, which made them nostalgic and they expressed how amazing she was on Broadway. A comment mentioned how stunning the singer looked, and another noted that her haircut was gorgeous.

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Several other comments gushed about how good both Eric and Reba looked while some begged her to return to Broadway so she could dazzle them once again with her skills.

She expressed that Broadway was hard, but it also helped her tell better stories with her songs.

Back in 2001, almost 57 years after the award show first aired, the telecast had started to become damaged goods in the industry with a reputation of low ratings and bad reviews. Bringing McEntire on board saved the Tony Awards.

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The telecast was perceived to be heavily dependent on Rosie O'Donnell, its recurrent host, and presenter, to bring the show alive. To salvage the sinking ship, the new managing producer, Elizabeth McCann, decided to change things up a bit, especially by bringing in a fresh face — Reba. McCann said:

"It is far too early to talk about all this, but of course, it would be lovely to have Reba involved in the Tony Awards somehow."

Luckily for McCann, things worked out fine, and her plans took off. With the help of Reba and many other new faces, the Tony Awards show was revived and has continued to thrive till date.

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It turned out McEntire was precisely what the production needed. A chart-topping award-winning singer like her brought the right attention and interest to the Tonys.

It did help that at that time, Reba was already making waves with her outstanding Broadway performances.

Broadway was already falling in love with her from "Annie Get Your Gun," after which she starred in "South Pacific" in 2006, and once again captured the hearts of many.

Reba McEntire attends the 53nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: Getty Images

Reba McEntire attends the 53nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee | Photo: Getty Images

The Oklahoma native opened up about her time on Broadway and how it later affected her music career and the kind of songs that she made. She expressed that Broadway was hard, but it also helped her tell better stories with her songs.

The "Does He Love You?" crooner built a music career that surpassed the time. Her theater stint remains etched in the memories of her fans.

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