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James Corden Hosting Tony's: Replacing NPH, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming & Hugh Jackman

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Feb 03, 2016 03:37 AM EST

The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League have their new host for 2016's Tony Awards celebration. Into the Woods film actor (Baker) Late Late Show Host, and Tony Award Winner James Corden has been selected to emcee the evening. Corden is replacing last year’s paired host, Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown) and Alan Cumming (Cabaret, Reefer Madness, film). The bar for Corden gets even higher when compared to host of Tony’s past, Hugh Jackman (Boy From Oz) and Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Assassins). Both men have won Emmy Awards for hosting the Tony’s. It should be noted that all five the aforementioned actors have won Tony Awards.

After it was announced that James Corden was returning to Broadway as the host of the 2016 Tony Awards, he released a statement via CBS saying:

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards. which will broadcast the Tonys. Both times I've worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it to be a huge honor to be asked to host such an incredible night. It's going to be fun; I can't wait to dust off my tap shoes!"

What do you think of CBS’ pick? Who would you want to see if host next year? Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

The Tony Awards will air from New York’s Beacon Theater on June 12.

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