This week’s episode of The Pop Cult Podcast was going to be all about the best damn awards show there is—The Tony Awards. Due to some technical difficulties, however, we unfortunately don’t have a new episode to share our opinions with you. Instead, here are just some of our thoughts on this year’s Tonys.
Jeffrey Bryan: Let’s start at the very beginning (I hear it’s a very good place to start). What were your thoughts on this year’s host James Corden and his opening number?
Lauren Cheal: Mr. Corden thoroughly impressed me with his general enthusiasm, gameness, and very passable vocal performance (that sounds like an insult, but it isn’t, I promise). I was living when he put on that Annie wig and made an adorable face, in among a long number covering many classics of musical theatre. What did you think of the “you could be here, other kids who feel like outsiders” theme of that opener?
JB: I thought it was great! I mean, I also thought it was great when Neil Patrick Harris did it in his opening number in 2013 (in a rap written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, no less). So much of the Tonys telecast is about celebrating the Broadway community and I think it makes a lot of sense to tap into that spark that theatre people experienced when they were very young. I really like how it hit that broad theme but also felt very personal about the host with the cute little kid playing a young James Corden. A lot of the show felt very him, actually. That number you mentioned that covered so many classics was similar in execution to a segment he does on his show quite often and he found a way to slip in a Carpool Karaoke bit, as well. What about the other performances? Were there any that stood out for you?