Hamilton who? Host James Corden stole the show at the 70th annual Tony Awards with his raucous opening performance, that spanned an incredible number of famous Broadway shows. Click through to watch!
James Corden, TK, got out of his carpool duties and strutted his stuff on stage at the 70th annual Tony Awards on June 12, performing an insane opening number that wowed the audience. James, a Tony Award winner himself, performed a beautiful medley of songs from famous musicals! Click through to watch his opening number in full!
Wow! James has some serious pipes! We’ve seen him show off all the time on his Carpool Karaoke segments on The Late Late Show, but this was on a completely different level! James, who won a Tony in 2012 for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors, is a veteran when it comes to theatre, and he commanded the stage with incredible ease on what he called one of the most important nights of his career!
James told a moving story about going to the theatre with his parents as a child, and how the exciting experience inspiring him to become an actor. “That could be up there on stage with them. I could be in that show,” he sang, as the little boy playing him looked enthralled, staring at the audience.
As the stage goes black, James emerges, dressed as a French revolutionary. He’s Jean Valjean from Les Mis, and “that could be me up on the barricade.” How cool! He begins an inspirational number about all the characters he believed he could be as a child, backed by talented Broadway singers and elaborate sets and costumes.
In short, James wanted to star in The Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Grease, Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sound of Music, Music Man, Funny Girl, Guys and Dolls, Annie, Cats, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Chorus Line, and Dreamgirls! James hilariously pauses and tells the audience that he actually blacked out and doesn’t remember any of that number. He asks Oprah, sitting in the audience, if he ruined the Tonys! When she said he was doing fine, he launched back into his number. What a wonderful start to a historic night!
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