James Corden To Host This Year's Tony Awards 5 years ago

James Corden To Host This Year's Tony Awards

James Corden has just been announced as the host of this year's Tony Awards. 

The awards, which recognise talent in live Broadway theatre, will be hosted by Corden at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, on Sunday, June 12th.

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He's no stranger to Broadway having performed in One Man, Two Guvnors, where he won the 2012 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Play. He also appeared in the Tony-winning play The History Boys.

Corden issued a statement about being asked to host saying, "I'm absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards. Both times I've worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it a huge honour to be asked to host such an incredible night. It's gonna be fun, I can't wait to dust off my tap shoes!"

Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, released this statement about James:

"James is one of those rare performers whose gifts translate perfectly to both the Broadway stage and the television screen, making him the ideal choice to host the Tony Awards. The last time he was at the Tonys, he went home with one.  We think he'll have even more fun as host.  This is going to be one unforgettable show."