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WATCH: James Corden delights audience with Tony Awards musical extravaganza

Published 13/06/2016 | 08:25

Actor Jeff Daniels (R) performs with show host James Corden during the American Theatre Wing's 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Actor Jeff Daniels (R) performs with show host James Corden during the American Theatre Wing's 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Show host James Corden (R) shares the stage with actors Jake Gyllenhaal (C) and Sean Hayes during the American Theatre Wing's 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

James Corden brought a Broadway version of Carpool Karaoke to the stage of the Beacon Theatre in New York on Sunday as he hosted the 70th annual Tony Awards.

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The British comedian opened the ceremony with a touching tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre, and continued with a stellar stage performance in an effort to lighten the mood.

The Late Late Show host took to the stage in a musical extravaganza, performing a variety of songs from Broadway’s most popular musicals, including Grease, Annie and Les Miserables.

He opened the show with the help of the cast of Hamilton, in a spoof act called Alexander Hamilton.

Show host James Corden (R) shares the stage with actors Jake Gyllenhaal (C) and Sean Hayes during the American Theatre Wing's 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Show host James Corden (R) shares the stage with actors Jake Gyllenhaal (C) and Sean Hayes during the American Theatre Wing's 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Corden spoke about the phenomenon of Hamilton and how the Tony Awards are "the Oscars but with more diversity" before singing a number about his love of musical theater.

He told the tale of his life as a young boy attending the theatre with his parents, using his impressive vocals that are otherwise only heard in the popular Carpool Karaoke segment of his show.

The 37-year-old then broke into costume, singing “that could be me” as he got into character for roles from Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and The Sound of Music.

Corden was a major hit among viewers, with many fans taking to Twitter to express their love for the host.

Brent Lang, senior film and media reporter for Variety tweeted: "James Corden should host everything."

While another added: "It's been six minutes, and already the Tony Awards are like a balm on the pain of this day. James Corden is all bliss and no fear right now."

Another Twitter user followed with, "James Corden is like ten puppies rolling around in gummy bears under a blue sky. I love him."

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