Affable Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden will lead the 70th annual Tony Awards, which CBS will telecast live from New York’s Beacon Theatre on June 12 from 8-11 PM. This will be Corden’s first time hosting the Tonys; he won the best actor in a play Tony in 2012 for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony awards,” Corden said in the announcement Tuesday morning from co-producers The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. “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!”
Corden joins a list of hosts that includes Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, last year’s hosts; Hugh Jackman; and Neil Patrick Harris. “James is one of those rare performers whose gifts translate perfectly to both the Broadway stage and the television screen, making him the ideal choice to host the Tony Awards,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the Wing, apparently speaking simultaneously. “The last time he was at the Tonys, he went home with one. We think he’ll have even more fun as host. This is going to be one unforgettable show.”
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director for the 17th consecutive year.
“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,” said Jack Sussman, EVP Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “James is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and comedian – he’s the perfect choice to host our live television event.”
Corden took the reins of The Late Late Show in March 2015, and has quickly become known for generating buzzworthy viral videos, such as Carpool Karaoke, garnering over 500 million views and 2.8 million subscribers for the show’s YouTube channel.