When we found out back in February that James Corden would host the 2016 Tony Awards, our minds flooded with all of the amazing possibilities. Would Gigi star Vanessa Hudgens join Corden in busting a move? Might Eclipsed's leading lady Lupita Nyong’o perform a dialogue with the host on stage?
Now that the Tony nominees have been announced and the June 12 show draws near, we’re looking forward to what could be the best ceremony yet. We already know the Late Late Show’s leading man is an incredible host: From his gut-bustingly funny Carpool Karaoke segments to his toddler-choreographed dances, Corden’s show always gets all the laughs.
Here are all the reasons why this Broadway-obsessed star—who is himself a Tony winner—will be an incredible host.
1. He loves theater.
Before he was a late-night talk show host in the States, Corden established an acting career on stages and screens in the U.K. And in 2012, he took home the best lead actor in a play Tony for his role in the New York production of One Man, Two Guvnors. His adorable acceptance speech is proof enough: Corden loves both Broadway and the Tonys stage.
2. He can sing and dance—very well.
Corden has proved time and time again that nothing can stop him from belting out in song or busting a move. We can expect an opening monologue filled with some musical numbers, like that time he sang “Hollaback Girl” with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
3. He has tons of celebrity friends.
From Julia Roberts to George Clooney, Justin Bieber, and Adele, Corden is one well-connected man. We can only hope that he’ll call on some of his big-name friends to help him make this awards show one for the books.
4. He has an incredibly quick wit.
The Late Late Show's best moments are more often than not a product of the host's hilarious antics. Between his unique and fresh ideas for segments and his punchy one-liners, this star is sure to bring some serious humor to the show.
5. He knows inside information about Hollywood’s biggest stars.
As a talk show host, Corden has met a lot of celebrities, and doubtlessly knows some secrets about Tinsel Town’s stars. As award show opening monologues often become celebrity roasts, there’s no doubt that this host will have plenty of material for some on-point jokes.
Prepare to have your mind blown when Corden hosts the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.