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Corden 'terrified' at hosting Tony Awards

By Yvette C. Hammett
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Corden 'terrified' at hosting Tony Awards
Television personality James Corden, seen onstage during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015, will host this year's 70th Tony Awards, airing on CBS June 12. File Photo by Ken Matsui/UPI. | License Photo

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- The Late Late Show host James Corden, scheduled to host the 70th Tony Awards June 12, says that despite his experience on stage, he is "terrified" that "everything could go wrong" with the awards show.

Speaking on CBS This Morning Monday, Corden, famous for his "carpool karaoke" gigs on his show, told CBS hosts "I'm terrified of the whole thing. I'm terrified of falling over, I'm terrified of forgetting my words."

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Still, he said he could not be more excited. "I've had the best times of my life working in those 10 or 12 blocks. And to go back and be part of it... It means everything."

Just this past weekend, Corden got in to the spirit of the Tonys by doing a fresh take on his Carpool Karaoke with Broadway Carpool Karaoke during which he sang with Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fully Committed's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, She Loves Me's Jane Krakowski and Shuffle Along's Audra McDonald.

The Broadway stars sang Rent's "Seasons of Love" and "Can't Take My Eyes off You," followed by "One More Day" from Les Miserables.

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Corden made his own Broadway debut in 2006 in the ensemble for Alan Bennett's awards-laden The History Boys, a play about a bright sixth-form graduating class and their maverick teacher at a British boys' grammar school.

Corden returned to Broadway in 2012 in Richard Bean's hilarious commedia dell'arte update, One Man, Two Guvnors, which landed him his own Tony for lead actor in a play, according to Hollywood Reporter.

He had also planned to star in a revival of the Ancient Roman musical A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, a role also played by Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers and Nathan Lane, but that plan got sidelined when CBS invited him to host Craig Ferguson's The Late Late Show.

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