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    The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards have just announced that Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor, and host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” James Corden, will host the 73rd Annual Tony® Awards, airing LIVE on Sunday, June 9, 2019 (8:00PM ET / delayed PT) from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS. This marks Corden’s second time hosting The Tony Awards. Corden previously hosted the 70th Annual Tony Awards, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-James-Corden-Will-Return-to-Host-the-2019-Tony-Awards-20190319

    “I’m thrilled to be returning to host the Tony Awards, the Broadway community is very dear to my heart and I’m beyond proud to be part of this incredibly special night,” said James Corden.

    “James is not only a beloved talent, he is also a veteran of the stage and has a true passion for Broadway,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing. “We cannot wait to see what he has in store for us this year at the Tony Awards!”

    “Hilarious. Insanely talented. Musical savant. Brilliantly unpredictable. James Corden!” exclaimed executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss.

    “We are thrilled to have the one and only James Corden return to host his second Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “James is the ultimate master of ceremonies to lead a night of live event television, celebrating live theater. He is an incredibly charming host, brilliant performer and fearless on stage – with James, anything can happen, and probably will!”

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    vinny
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    Great choice

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    adamunc
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    Not terribly exciting, but he’ll do fine again.

    Having seen a few interviews as he’s peddling his new memoir, I really think Andrew Rannells would make a fantastic host. But he’s not quite the familiar name Corden is.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    If Andrew Rannells were to host the Tonys, I think it would be a safer bet to pair him up with a more known commodity.

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    adamunc
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    Andrew Rannells and Laura Benanti FTW though!

    Not enough broad starpower for CBS, but they would be a dynamite team. They were hilarious in that “What I Did for Love” bit a few years ago.

    Wonder if Laura will do her Melania shtick on the Tonys this year? It does air on Colbert on CBS…

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    Anton Spivack
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    If Corden’s hosting again, they shouldn’t do Carpool Karaoke.  That’s best left to his late night show.

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    ^I agree. I think it’s definitely fine if he does a Broadway themed Carpool Karaoke in anticipation of the Tonys, but it shouldn’t be on the actual telecast. There’s a good chance that audiences will have already seen it on his show and/or online already.

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    Anton Spivack
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    Carpool Karaoke is for his talk show, the telecast should be reserved for handing out awards.  I watched the last two ceremonies and they gave awards in 15 of the competitive categories for each of them: the eight acting awards, the two directing awards, Best play, musical, play revival, musical revival, and in 2017 Best Score and in 2018 Best Book.  This year they should give out at least those categories plus Best Choreography.

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