It was sad, then it was happy, then it made people cry — and in the end, James Corden’s monologue at Sunday night’s Tony Awards made people smile.
Less than 24 hours after dozens of men and women were murdered in a Florida gay nightclub, Corden was tasked with the duty of playing entertainer while a nation mourned.
He began his monologue with a somber message to the country that spoke to the strength one often sees in the wake of tragedy.
“Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved. Hate will never win. Together, we have to make sure of that,” Corden explained.
Corden then got into jokes and made an early zinger at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Think of tonight as the Oscars, but with diversity,” Corden joked to the crowd.
“It’s so diverse, Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall around this theater.”
The host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show,” then performed an original medley, referencing many Broadway hits, about how much he dreamed of being on Broadway as a young boy.
The stunning performance ended with dozens of actors, actresses and young children onstage, singing about how the theatre is the place you belong when you feel like you don’t belong anyplace else.