By Brian Ives
The TONY Awards opened up with an understandably somber message from host James Corden.
“All around the world, people are trying to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in Orlando this morning,” he said. “On behalf of the whole theater community and every people in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrosity. All we can say is you’re not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved. Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that. Tonight’s show stands as a symbol and celebration of that principle.”
He then returned to his usual comedic form, saying, “Think of tonight as the Oscars with diversity. It’s so diverse, Donald Trump is going to build a wall around this show. This is like the Super Bowl for people who don’t know what the Super Bowl is,” and then kicked into a hilarious performance parodying a number of musicals, and ending with a song, including all of the Best Actor and Actress nominees singing a song to all Broadway hopefuls,