Rosie O'Donnell and Hugh Jackman, who have both hosted the annual Tony Awards ceremony multiple times, recently commented on the choice of actor and talk-show host James Corden, who will host this year's awards June 12 at New York City's Beacon Theatre.
“James Corden is the perfect host because he is probably the only person I know who is more in love with musical theater than I am,” O'Donnell told The Hollywood Reporter. “He's gonna knock it out of the park. He's gonna be the definitive Tony host from here on in.”
Jackman offered this advice: “I highly recommend going out during the commercial break and mucking around with the crowd…It's a six-minute commercial break, and I said, 'We're gonna lose the whole crowd! You just leave them there for six minutes? I'm going out there.'”
Jackman, most recently on Broadway in The River, added, “Puff Daddy got up and sang 'Oklahoma!' with me…This is the most supportive, generous crowd you'll ever have. I'm thrilled for him.”
Corden won a Tony for his performance in 2012's One Man, Two Guvnors.