"The tight, tinny, careful show broadcast by CBS on Sunday night didn’t feel celebratory — it seemed alternately self-satisfied and insecure, as if it felt it had to keep making excuses for itself," says Mike Hale. "It was reflected in the use, or the lack thereof, of the usually riotous James Corden, hosting the Tonys for the second time. The charm, endless energy and physical grace that make him an ideal awards host were all evident. But he was saddled throughout the night with bad ideas based on the notion of the Tonys’ inadequacy compared to television, or to streaming video, or to hip-hop music." Hale says the material continually failed Corden, especially the audience-participation gags. "More Corden would have given the show more life, and a more unfettered Corden might have been able to cut through some of the gauze of earnest sanctimony that enveloped the ceremony to an even greater extent than in recent years," says Hale.