It was inevitable: English funnyman, karaoke carpooler and talk-show host James Corden has been announced as the host of the 2016 Tony Awards, to be broadcast on CBS Sunday June 11 at 8pm. There hasn’t been this much excitement around a Tony emcee since Hugh Jackman first did the honors in 2003 (and he came back three more times). Like Jackman, Corden is a triple threat: he can land jokes, do pratfalls (One Man, Two Guvnors netted him a 2012 Tony) and harmonize with Adele. He’s a true man of the theater, one whose exuberance and humor the Tony ceremony certainly needs to attract a national—even global—audience.
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In the press statement, Corden says: “I'm absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony awards. 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!”
Wait. He dances, too?!?