James Corden’s Electrifying 2019 Tony Awards Opening Number Salutes The Magic Of Live Broadway

James Corden’s Electrifying 2019 Tony Awards Opening Number Salutes The Magic Of Live Broadway


>>James: HOW MANY SHOWS LEFT ON
MY QUEUE?>>YOU HAVE 24,601 SHOWS
REMAINING, JAMES. SHALL I PLAY THEM?>>James: YES. PLAY MY CUE. ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ THERE’S ONLY SO MANY SERIES YOU CAN SEE
♪ ONLY SO MANY SEASONS TO BE BINGED
♪ BEFORE YOUR EYES GLAZE OVER YOUR ASS FALLS ASLEEP
♪ AND YOUR MIND STARTS COMING UNHINGED
♪ YOU WATCH NETFLIX HULU, AMAZON
♪ ¡TIL YOU CAN’T REMEMBER WHICH PROGRAM IS ON
♪ I’M NOT SPEAKING OF NETWORK TV WHICH IS WONDERFUL, OBVIOUSLY
♪ SO WHEN YOU TIRE OF FLAT- SCREEN IMAGES OF ACTORS
♪ WHO AREN’T THERE PLAYING PARTS IN SHOWS
♪ MADE FAR AWAY AND FINISHED LONG AGO
♪ TRADE THE REMOTE FOR THE NEAR
♪ LEAVE YOUR COUCH AND TRAVEL HERE
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) ♪ AND EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT
KIND OF SHOW ♪ THE KIND THAT’S… THE KIND THAT’S LIVE
♪ THE KIND THAT REAL LIVE PEOPLE RE-CREATE FOR YOU
♪ LIVE A SHOW THAT’S LIVE
♪ A SHOW WHERE WHEN YOU LAUGH THE CAST WILL WAIT FOR YOU
♪ ACTUAL PEOPLE IN AN ACTUAL SPACE
♪ WATCHING ACTORS WHO ARE ACTUALLY THERE
♪ IT’S SOMETHING UNIQUE TO THAT TIME AND THAT PLACE
♪ IT’S SOMETHING YOU FEEL IT’S SOMETHING YOU SHARE
♪ IT’S━- LIVE! ♪ WE DO IT LIVE! AND EVERY SINGLE MOMENT’S
♪ UNREPEATABLE LIVE! ♪ WE DO IT LIVE! IT CAN’T BE HASHTAGGED AND IT
♪ ISN’T TWEETABLE THERE IS A VISCERAL BLISS
♪ YOU ONLY GET IN A THEATER SEEING PEOPLE DO THIS:
♪ THAT’S THE BLISS FOR WHICH PERFORMERS STRIVE
♪ AND TONIGHT YOU’RE OUR GUEST AS WE HONOR THE BEST
♪ OF THE BEST WHO DO IT LIVE!>>James: GOOD EVENING
EVERYBODY, AND WELCOME TO THE 73rd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS. HOST JAMES CORDEN AND TONIGHT WE
HAVE A RIF ETING– SORRY, SORRY, EXCUSE ME, EXCUSE ME, BRYAN,
BRYAN, WHAT– WHERE ARE YOU GOING? (LAUGHTER)
>>I JUST HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.>>James: NOW? I MEAN THE JOE LITERALLY JUST
STARTED. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
OPENING NUMBER.>>I KNOW, BUT I REALLY HAVE TO
GO.>>James: REALLY? YOU CAN’T JUST WAIT.>>I’M BLOATED AS HELL AND I’M
NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!>>James: BRYAN, BRYAN, LIVE,
WE DO IT ♪ LIVE! WE DO IT LIVE! ♪ WE SING AND DANCE AND AIN’T
TOO PROUD TO BEG FOR YOU! ♪ GET READY ¡CAUSE HERE JAMES
COMES NOW ♪ GET READY
LIVE! ♪ UNDEAD, BUT LIVE! AND QUITE PREPARED TO SHAKE AN
♪ EXTRA LEG FOR YOU! EIGHT TIMES A WEEK OUR ACTORS
♪ EXCEL AT DANCING IN HEELS WITH APLOMB
♪ EIGHT TIMES A WEEK WE GO STRAIGHT TO HELL! ♪ EIGHT TIMES A WEEK WE GO GAY
TO THE PROM! ♪ LIVE! WHEN WE REVIVE
♪ YOU CAIN’T SAY NO TO MORNINGS THIS UNMISSABLE! ♪ LIVE! YOU CAN’T CONTRIVE
♪ ANOTHER OP’NIN’ WITH A KATE MORE KISSABLE! ♪ WE WORK FOR MONTHS IN ADVANC¡!
CAUSE WHEN YOU SEE US TONIGHT ♪ WE’LL GET JUST ONE CHANCE! ♪ ♪ ♪
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>>James: THAT WAS PERFECT! EVERYONE TAKE FIVE. TAKE FIVE. (LAUGHTER)
THAT WAS GOOD, I THINK. ♪ IT FEELS TIGHT, IT FEELS GOOD,
HEY, EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY, ATTENTION, LISTEN, JUST
REMEMBER, NEXT TIME WE DO IT, JUST REALLY TRY AND GET THAT
VERY– OH WAIT, I ♪ I FORGOT:
THE PERFORMERS CANNOT ♪ TAKE A BREAK ¡CAUSE
THIS IS LIVE YOU’RE NOT WATCHING
♪ A SIGNAL BEAMING NONE OF OUR SHOWS ARE STREAMING
♪ THEY DON’T JUST START ANY TIME HERE
♪ WE DON’T CHARGE VIA MONTHLY BILLING
♪ NOBODY’S ¡BROADWAY AND CHILLING’
♪ AND NO ONE’S ON BROADWAY PRIME WE ARE THE HEIRS
♪ OF A GRAND TRADITION THE STAGE IS OUR NOBLE MISSION
♪ IT RUNS DEEP IN OUR BONES WE’RE MUCH BETTER
♪ THAN TELEVISION WE VIEW IT WITH GREAT DERISION
♪ WELL, EXCEPT “GAME OF THRONES” AND “FLEABAG”
♪ AND “HANDMAID’S TALE” AND “KILLING EVE”
♪ AND “CASTLE ROCK” AND “WALKING DEAD”
♪ AND “DEAD TO ME” AND “STRANGER THINGS”
♪ AND “BETTER THINGS” AND ANYTHING
♪ THAT ENDS WITH ¡THINGS’ ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK MIRROR
♪ MARVEL’S MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL BARRY, BASKETS, BLACKISH,
♪ BILLIONS BOJACK, OZARK, DARK AND NARCOS
♪ RICK AND MORTY GRACE AND FRANKIE… AND THE LATE LATE SHOW… ♪ WITH ME, JAMES CORDEN
WEEKNIGHTS AT 12:30 ♪ RIGHT HERE ON CBS
(LAUGHTER) AMERICA’S MOST WATCHED NETWORK!>>E MY GOD, WHAT AM I DOING,
WHAT AM I SAYING, TV WAIT, TELEVISION, WAIT, WAIT, I DIDN’T
MEAN ANYTHING I JUST SAID! I DIDN’T MEAN A SINGLE WORD OF
THAT. IT IS AUDRA McDONALD MADE ME
SAY IT, OKAY. SHE DID, SHE DID. SHE DID, THE TRUTH IS, I LOVE
YOU, TV. WE ALL LOVE YOU. YOU PAY US SO MUCH MORE MONEY
THAN THE THEATER. (LAUGHTER)
LAW AND ORDER CORPSES? LOOK, LET ME LEVEL WITH YOU
ABOUT BROADWAY THE PRICE OF ♪ THE PRICE OF A TICKET IS
AWFULLY STEEP ♪ YOU BUY IT LAST MINUTE
IT STILL ISN’T CHEAP ♪ THE TRIP INTO MIDTOWN’S
A TERRIBLE DRIVE ♪ YOU GOTTA LEAVE JERSEY
NO LATER THAN 5:00 ♪ SOME THEATERS ARE CROWDED
OR NOISY OR OLD ♪ OR MAINTAINED AT
SIBERIAN LEVELS OF COLD ♪ AND THE SEATS ARE SO NARROW
THEY CRUSH LIKE A CLAMP ♪ AND WITH LIMITED LEGROOM
YOU’RE LIKELY TO CRAMP ♪ YOU CAN’T TAKE A PHOTO
YOU CAN’T USE YOUR PHONE ♪ AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME
ASK PATTI LUPONE ♪ AND AS FOR THE LADIES’ ROOM
I’D RECOMMEND ♪ EITHER TINKLE BEFOREHAND
OR WEAR A DEPEND ♪ BUT:
TO GAZE AT A STAGE ♪ OF PERFORMERS LIKE THESE
OR AT ANY AND ALL ♪ OF TONIGHT’S NOMINEES
TO BE IN THEIR PRESENCE ♪ AND BASK IN THEIR ART
WILL LIGHTEN YOUR SPIRIT ♪ AND GLADDEN YOUR HEART
THE LAUGHS FILL YOUR BELLY ♪ THE TEARS FILL YOUR EYES
THE HAIR ON ♪ THE BACK OF YOUR NECK
STARTS TO RISE. AND IT’S SO INDESCRIBABLY
♪ PLEASANT YOU’RE IN THE MOMENT
♪ AND TOTALLY PRESENT YOU GO TO A SHOW
♪ ¡CAUSE THE SHOW LETS YOU KNOW THAT YOU’RE HERE
♪ AND YOU’RE NOW AND YOU’RE REAL
♪ AND YOU FEEL ALIVE
♪ AHH YOU FEEL ALIVE! ♪ YOU FEEL A SENSE OF WONDER
REAWAKE IN YOU! ♪ ALIVE! YOU COME ALIVE
♪ TO COME ALONG TO WHERE THE SHOW HAS TAKEN YOU
♪ THERE IS THE AUDIENCE HERE IS THE STAGE
♪ BUT THEATER’S ABOUT WHAT’S IN BETWEEN
♪ THE ENERGY FLOWS AND YOUR SENSES ENGAGE
♪ IN WAYS THAT THEY CAN’T WHEN YOU
♪ STARE AT A SCREEN IT ISN’T THAT BROADWAY’S
♪ SOME GRAND PANACEA BUT IT CAN REMIND YOU IT’S
♪ THRILLING TO BE… …ALIVE! ♪ TO BE ALIVE! TO BE EXCITED AND EXHILARATED! ♪ BROADWAY’S ALIVE! AND THAT IS WORTHY
♪ TO BE CELEBRATED EVERYONE’S HERE;
♪ IT’S TIME TO BEGIN WE’RE GLAD YOU SHOWED UP AND
♪ WE’RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN AS FOR ME, I’LL SIMPLY SAY THAT
♪ I’VE BEEN UNSURE ALONG IF I’D GET THROUGH THIS SONG
♪ BUT I DID AND IT’S DONE AND BY GOD, IT WAS FUN! ♪ IT’S THE TONYS… AND WE
♪ ARE LIVE
♪ WE’RE LIVE ♪ (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

65 thoughts on “James Corden’s Electrifying 2019 Tony Awards Opening Number Salutes The Magic Of Live Broadway

  1. Hats off to whomever wrote this number. It's brilliantly performed but it's also brilliantly written for a just one performance opening number.

  2. I love Corden he is a great personality but he doesn't have a broadway voice so sometimes made the song jarring to hear but kudos, was really fun to watch ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Seen it fir the 5th time and it stilled me cry with emotion. The best opening show ever! I can relate, feel the energy, feel alive, and wish I had seen it live. Thanks James.

  4. Not trying to be rude but I watched this for Beetlejuice ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’š

  5. If I ran the Tonies would have had the BJ cast go "daylight for and me wan go home" personally since that is so iconic
    Actually you know what? If I ran the Tonies I would give BJ at least one Tony award like COME ON

  6. James Corden is the real deal. Wish he would do the academy awards like this. I am so thankful that I have zero interest in any sort of acting/dancing/singing because I really stink at it, I do love watching others who love doing it! The best part of his show is when the exotic animals come on it, James reminds me of a cuddly teddy bear.

  7. Dear Great Britian, Thank you so much for James Cordon. The man is such a treasure. No, you may not have him back. Ever.

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