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James Corden to Make a Comeback as Host for the Tony Awards

Three years after James Corden emceed the Tony Awards, The Late Late Show host is set to do it again on June 9 for the theatre award show’s 73rd ceremony. Corden’s first time hosting the show in 2016 won him the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.

Officials from The American Theatre Wing are “thrilled” to have Corden host the event the second time, according to the organization’s announcement on Tuesday. The English actor and comedian hosted the 70th Tony Awards during its largest viewership in 15 years. 

“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”   

Corden, 40, received a Tony Award himself. In 2012, he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his portrayal of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors.

The nominees for the 73rd Tony Awards will be announced live on April 30 from The New York Public Library. Instructions on how to watch the announcements are yet to be released.

“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 Corden.

Since hosting the Tony Awards the first time, Corden has hosted other award shows such as the Grammy Awards in 2017 and 2018. He also won a total of seven Emmy Awards for his work on The Late Late ShowCarpool Karaoke and his hosting gigs. 

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

Krishner has served in the Tony Awards’s production since 2004 while this year also marks Weiss’ 20th consecutive year as director.  

The 73rd annual Tony Awards will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. on June 9 from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

“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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