James Corden's opening number at the Tony Awards

Singing the praises of live entertainment

James Corden has divided critics for his opening number at the Tony Awards last night.

The comedian and talk-show host sang the praises of live entertainment compared to passively binge-watching TV series with an energetic song-and-dance number.

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who won a Tony for his performance in Network, got in on the joke by apparently sneaking out to go to the toilet.

Fleabag got a mention as an honourable mention as one of the streaming shows worthy of your attention over musicals, as Corden acknowledged some of the shortcomings of a night on Broadway, too.

The Huffington Post said Corden got the ceremony 'off to a rollicking start with an elaborate musical montage' although the New York Times thought it 'bland' and Variety thought the message of the song got 'muddled'. The number got a standing ovation, and went down with viewers at home, soliciting comments such as 'best awards show opener ever' on social media.

Published: 10 Jun 2019

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