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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    Of course, they could go back to a previous host like Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, etc. But I made a list of new people I could see hosting next year’s Tony Awards:

    Wayne Brady-He’s proven to be successful at comedy on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, he’s the host of Let’s Make a Deal on CBS, and he just took over for Billy Porter in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots.

    Stephen Colbert-He’s the host of a late night talk show on CBS which films in New York, plus he’s a huge Broadway fan.

    James Corden-He’s a recent Tony winner, plus he’s also got a late night talk show on CBS. Though the only conflict there is that his show films in LA.

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson-He’s gonna be back on Broadway this spring doing a one-man show titled Fully Committed. Though the only conflict there would be that he’s on a TV show from a competing network.

    Steve Martin-He’s proven to be a pretty successful Oscar host, plus he’s got a new musical which he wrote that’s coming to Broadway in the spring called Bright Star.

    So what do you think of my choices? Who do think should host next year’s Tony Awards?

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    BamaEd
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    I think Corden will probably host them. He’s a CBS guy, Tony winner, and will sing. Also, it will be a good way to promote him and the Late Late Show. He’ll come to NYC and do a week of shows before hand and then probably one that Monday then go on vacation. The script is so simple it writes itself so it probably won’t happen haha.

    Just keep Wayne Brady away please! 

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    vinny
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    I think it’s between Steve Martin and Wayne Brady.

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    KyleBailey
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    James Cordon all the way. Still confused why they didn’t have him host last year. Just no to Colbert. You’ll be getting the Emmys in 2 years, let Cordon have this one. Wayne would be great too

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    24Emmy
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    #435225

    Stephen Colbert or James Corden

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Lin-Manuel Miranda (: That way he won’t have to keep popping up out of his seat each and every time he wins another award (;

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    SamEckmann
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    Stephen Colbert and James Corden didnt host last year because they were in the middle of preparing their new late night gigs. I think now that they have settled into it, they are the two most likely candidates for the gig. Both are quite popular and will draw in the numbers the Tonys struggle to get anytime Jackman or NPH isnt a host. They are also in house talent at CBS. And either (or both!) would make a wonderul host.

    But in my dream world Laura Benanti would host every year. She always kills it at the Drama Desks and I find her hilarious. Now that she’s on Supergirl she is technically in house talent at CBS. But the network will almost certainly go for a bigger name to get the most viewers possible. 

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    They could get a more famous host paired up with Benanti as co-host.

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    SamEckmann
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    Maybe if they told Jim Parsons he would have an experienced co-host he would be down for the gig? They offered it to him this past ceremony and he turned it down and seemed daunted by the idea. A Benanti/Parsons pairing could be “so weird that it works”.

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    I guess they’ll choose a beloved host for the 70th anniversary of the Tonys. This could be a huge event and we’re probably looking at NPH. I don’t complain. He’s a perfect fit for the Tonys. 

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    24Emmy
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    I guess they’ll choose a beloved host for the 70th anniversary of the Tonys. This could be a huge event and we’re probably looking at NPH. I don’t complain. He’s a perfect fit for the Tonys.

    I doubt they’ll do this, but their version of the Oscars Family Album would be cool to see. Audra McDonald would be on screen for a while lol.

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    Angela Lansbury as well.
    I saw the 50th Tonys on youtube and they had their own Family Album at the beginning. It worked fine. I’ve always hated the Family Album at the Osars because it involved actors only and main force in cinema is the director. At the Tonys, I would like to see them paying tribute to the playwright.

    By the way, I saw the 40th anniversary (I guess it was the 40th) on youtube and they had a terrific tribute to musicals and plays throughout the show. They presented the big musicals decade by decade with brief performances and they presented all the play winners by havig a bunch of legendary actors saying  a bit of a monologue from each play. Imagine how great this could turn out if they do it again.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    That almost reminds me of the opening to the 52nd Tony Awards which had a medley consisting of three Broadway divas performing their big numbers from their Tony-Winning performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN-nxIym8iM

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the 70th Tony Awards did an opening (or at least a segment) like that?

    It could have Carol Channing singing Before the Parade Passes By, Joel Grey singing Wilkommen, Ben Vereen singing Magic to Do, Patti LuPone singing Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Jennifer Holliday singing And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, Betty Buckley singing Memory, Michael Crawford singing The Music of the Night, Idina Menzel singing Defying Gravity, John Lloyd Young singing Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, etc.

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    Atypical
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    I hope Oprah hosts the Tonys at least once in my lifetime.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    It was just revealed that James Corden will host this year’s Tony Awards!
    http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-News-James-Corden-to-Host-the-2016-Tony-Awards-20160202

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