Three years after his memorable internet hosting debut, James Corden returned to the Tony Awards stage on Sunday, kicking off the 73rd annual salute to Broadway and those that “do it stay.”
Corden’s massive quantity started with the host sitting in his condominium, lamenting that watching tv has grow to be extra of a chore than a thrill. (No argument right here.) Theatre, alternatively, is “visceral bliss,” one thing that provides you “precise folks in an precise place.” Inviting the viewers to “commerce the distant for the close to, go away your sofa and journey right here,” James’ condominium instantly disappeared, revealing us to be on the Tonys stage.
What adopted was an entertaining, exhausting song-and-dance marathon that includes cameos from the 12 months’s largest reveals, together with Beetlejuice and Tootsie. And talking of cameos, Bryan Cranston — a Tony nominee for his function in Community — was caught sneaking out for a loo break in the course of Corden’s massive quantity, prompting him to channel his iconic on-stage persona: “I’m bloated as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
With that fake pas swept underneath the rug, Corden returned to his massive quantity, which earned him a standing ovation from the energized viewers. And, you understand, a number of attractive whistles from Cranston.
This opening quantity launched a full night of performances from the perfect of Broadway, giving viewers a style of reveals like Ain’t Too Proud, Beetlejuice, The Cher Present, Hadestown, Kiss Me, Kate, Oklahoma!, The Promenade and Tootsie.
Going into tonight’s present, Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown led the pack with a complete of 14 nominations, adopted by the Temptations musical Ain’t Too Proud with 12, and the stage adaptation of the film Tootsie with 11. As for this 12 months’s performs, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird tied for first with 9 nominations a chunk.
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