James Corden will return to Broadway this June — in a manner of speaking, as he has been set as the host of this year’s Tony Awards on CBS.
It marks Corden’s second time running the show, as the “Late Late Show” host previously presided over Broadway’s biggest night back in 2016 for the Tonys’ 70th annual ceremony, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to host the Tony Awards. The Broadway community is very dear to my heart and I’m beyond proud to be part of this incredibly special night,” Corden said in a statement Tuesday.
Corden is a Tony winner in his own right, having brought home the statue for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his 2012 performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
The 2019 awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. ET from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
“James is not only a beloved talent, he is also a veteran of the stage and has a true passion for Broadway,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, said. “We cannot wait to see what he has in store for us this year at the Tony Awards!”
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers for the 2019 Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director for the 20th consecutive year. Ben Winston is a producer.
Nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced live from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on April 30.
Variety first reported the news.