James Corden
James Corden won an award for best lead performance at the 66th annual Tony Awards in New York Reuters

Tony Award winner and host of The Late Late Show, James Corden is set to host the 70<sup>th Annual Tony Awards on 12 June. The awards which celebrate exceptional work in Broadway are held each year at New York's Beacon Theatre.

The 37-year-old had previously won a Tony for best lead actor in 2012 for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors. In March 2015, he took up hosting CBS's The Late Late Show along with its popular YouTube segment Carpool Karaoke in which he drives around singing with celebrity passengers.

"James is one of those rare performers whose gifts translate perfectly to both the Broadway stage and the television screen, making him the ideal choice to host the Tony Awards. The last time he was at the Tonys, he went home with one. We think he'll have even more fun as host. This is going to be one unforgettable show," said Charlotte St Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, in a statement.

"We are thrilled to have James Corden not only as a member of the CBS family, but as host of this year's Tony Awards," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. "James is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and comedian – and the perfect choice to host this prestigious and always entertaining live television event."

The Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, 3 May, 2016, from that Paramount Hotel in New York City. The award show will be held on Sunday, 12 June and will be broadcast on CBS.