James Corden Tony Awards Video: Watch 2016 Tonys Opening Performance!
James Corden opened the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday with a hilarious monologue and amazing performance. Watch below!
Taking the stage at the Beacon Theatre for the 70th annual Tonys, Corden was joined by the stars of Hamilton, who did a rap about him hosting the show. Afterward, he received laughs when he said the evening wouldn’t be all about Hamilton. “There will be commercials, too,” he joked.
Corden went on to quip, “Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity. It is so diverse, Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall around this theater.” He also got laughs for saying, “This is like the Super Bowl for people that don’t know what the Super Bowl is.”
With the help of a young version of himself, Corden then launched into a song and dance number about his love of Broadway, with references to Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Grease, Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more classic Broadway shows. He even fit in a plug for the “Late Late Show.”
It all culminated in kid versions of the Tony nominees appearing, before the nominees themselves came out on stage to sing, too. The message? “This could be where you belong.”
This marks Corden’s first time hosting the Tonys, but he’s a familiar face among theatergoers. The British star won a Tony for Best Lead Actor in a Play in 2012 for One Man, Two Guvnors. He’s previously hosted a number of awards shows in his native U.K., and, of course, is currently best known in the U.S. as the host of the “Late Late Show.” Watch full video of Corden’s opening performance below!