James Corden hosted a pre-Tony Awards sing-along — and invited a few Broadway friends.
The Tony Awards — better known as the Hamiltony Awards, as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s megahit “Hamilton” is sure to sweep most of the categories (it scored a record 16 nominations) — take place Sunday night, with James Corden hosting.
As a warmup, Corden hosted a special all-Broadway edition of Carpool Karaoke (a regular segment on his “The Late Late Show” on CBS), welcoming Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jane Krakowski and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Driving around Manhattan, the quartet belted out showtunes, including a lightning-quick bit from “Hamilton” and a stirring rendition of “One Day More” from “Les Miserables” (otherwise known as That Movie Musical In Which Russell Crowe Sang Really Badly) that just might have you singing along at your desk. Well, I did.
In other Lin-Manuel Miranda-related news: he has announced that he will be departing the Broadway production “Hamilton” in July; he’ll be co-starring with Emily Blunt in the new “Mary Poppins” sequel, and he’s penned an op-ed in the New York Times this morning denouncing ticket bots, full of delightful “Guys and Dolls” metaphors. Meanwhile, “Hamilton” is expected to tour to Seattle sometime in the 2017/18 season at the Paramount; expect the ticket line to form any day now.