The 73rd Annual Tony Awards Dazzles Broadway And Hollywood Alike, Earning Emmy Nods

Host James Corden put on an unforgettable display for Broadway's Biggest Night, along with an epic ensemble.
Posted on Aug 19, 2020 | 11:00am
Broadway knows how to put on a show and The 73rd Annual Tony Awards® delivered in a big way!

Featuring more than a dozen rousing performances, the 2019 live special took audiences on a thrilling ride. James Corden returned as host for a second time at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, overseeing touching tributes, enthusiastic celebrations, and, of course, had the audience laughing with his perfectly timed bits.

The show is three hours of memorable television and it's no surprise that it has now been nominated for three 2020 Emmy Awards—including Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

The opening number of the most recent Tony Awards® is an electrifying live musical number with Corden artfully weaving his way through the award-nominated (and winning!) casts of Ain't Too Proud, Tootsie, Oklahoma!, Beetlejuice, The Prom, Hadestown, and Kiss Me, Kate.

Among the show's memorable moments, Corden coaxes the notoriously demure Broadway performers out of their shells for some off-stage drama:

Ben Platt vs Rachel Brosnahan? Andrew Rannells vs. Darren Criss? Audra McDonald vs. Laura Linney? Here's a side of Broadway we don't usually see!

Corden hosted the Tony Awards once prior in 2016 when the program earned its largest audience in 15 years and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program. It's one of nine previous Emmy wins for the multi-hyphenate talent who also hosts The Late Late Show and can frequently be found behind the wheel for Carpool Karaoke—not to mention, is also a Tony Award winner, himself.

Of course, whether it's a Tony or an Emmy, they say it's an honor just to be nominated. In an exercise many entertainers will be familiar with, Corden hilariously coached some notable stars in rehearsing their "losing face" in the event another colleague took home the top honors:

For their grand "losing" performances, we congratulate Kristin Chenoweth, the cast of The Boys in the Band (Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer), and Jeff Daniels for giving it their all.

Even during the commercial breaks, the show must go on. Unseen to the live television audience but later revealed on The Late Late Show, Corden invited Billy Porter to do a little "Broadway Karaoke." Of course, he absolutely crushed it with "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway classic Gypsy. The impromptu performance was such a surprise that several camera angles in the resulting clip came from cellphones in the crowd!

Packed with so many memories, the The 73rd Annual Tony Awards has a lot to offer Emmy voters.

In the category of Outstanding Variety Special (Live), a selection would honor the work of Executive Producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, Supervising Producers Sarah Levine and Allen Kelman, Producer Ben Winston, and Producer and Host James Corden.

Glenn Weiss' contributions make him an excellent choice for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special.

The show is also nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special thanks to the work of Lighting Designers Robert Dickinson and Noah Mitz, and Lighting Directors Ed McCarthy and Harry Sangmeister.

Broadcast annually on CBS since 1978, the Tony Awards honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, handing out coveted brass medallions to the industry's brightest stars.