Whether or not you're suffering from Hamilton fatigue, with the Tony Awards coming up on Sunday, the theater world has gone full-blown Federalist. Last night, Late Late Show (and upcoming Tony) host James Corden invited Lin-Manuel Miranda to sing along with him on his Carpool Karaoke segment. A few special guests showed up to remind everyone that Rent will always be the best Broadway show and Les Miserables the most theater geek-able, no matter how many shows Hamilton sells out. And goddamn, Audra McDonald can sing:
Hamilton is up for eleventy bajillion Tony Awards, but what'll be even more exciting than witnessing one last showdown between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is watching whatever number or medley the Hamilton crew puts together for their performance. Miranda did a pretty awesome job with In The Heights in 2008:
While I've got your attention, here's Rent a full two decades ago, in 1996:
Corden spoke with The Hollywood Reporter this week about hosting the Tonys in the Year of Hamilton, telling the site he is "very, very proud to be hosting the show on a night when there is a genuine cultural phenomenon at the center of it." Corden added:
There are not many musicals that burned boundaries into the greater public consciousness, not just in America but internationally. The thirst and the warmth for that show is, firstly, absolutely deserved, and secondly, incredible to witness. And so I feel very lucky to host this awards show in a year when such a huge thing is part of it.
Hamilton will probably be Sunday's big winner, but there are a bunch of other notable shows and actors to watch out for. There are musical revivals like The Color Purple and Fiddler on the Roof, for instance; original plays like Eclipsed and The Humans, and play revivals like The Crucible, Long Day's Journey into Night, and A View from the Bridge, along with a bunch of performers to watch out for.
The Tony Awards will be broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday on CBS—the show takes place at the Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side, which is undergoing full Tony prep all week:
Walked through #tonyawards load-in. #Hamilton stage set, perhaps? #NewYork #beacontheatre
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