James Corden to Host 2016 Tony Awards
James Corden has been officially named the host for the 2016 Tony Awards, which will honor the very best of Broadway for the year. The big ceremony is due to air on CBS on June 12.
Naturally, Corden is an auspicious choice for the ceremony. In addition to being a song-and-dance man himself (onstage in his Tony Award-winning role in One Man, Two Guvnors, and on film in Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods), he’s the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show, which has managed to become the network’s most buzzed-about late night talk show in recent months, even more so than Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. This is due in large part to the immense popularity of Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment, which has featured everyone from One Direction and Justin Bieber to a rapping Adele.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony awards,” Corden said in the announcement on Tuesday morning. “Both times I’ve worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it a huge honor to be asked to host such an incredible night. It’s gonna be fun, I can’t wait to dust off my tap shoes!”
“We are thrilled to have James Corden not only as a member of the CBS family, but as host of this year’s Tony Awards,” added Jack Sussman, the Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS. “James is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and comedian – he’s the perfect choice to host our live television event.”
All in all, I think Corden is a great pick for the ceremony. I love Alan Cumming and I think Kristen Chenoweth is immensely talented, but I didn’t really care for their hosting gig together. There was just something vaguely disjointed about it. Maybe it’s just my natural disinclination towards awards shows with two hosts, since I wasn’t exactly crazy about that time Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosted the Oscars. And the less said about the James Franco/Anne Hathaway Oscar mess, the better. Here’s hoping James knocks this out of the ballpark. If anyone other than Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman can bring the perfect mix of comedy, song, and current relevance, it’d be him.
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