Tonys Ratings: Five-Year Low

There’s nothing surprising about that headline. The broadcast, hosted by James Corden (pictured), tried too hard and too loudly for TV-isn’t-social-media laughs and substituted silly bits (like Corden talking to his dad) for features that would have pleased the veteran watchers. (The broadcast will never attract the eyeballs of non-theater-geek kids, so it should stop trying.) Such features would have included more spotlight on people like Rosemary Harris and Carol Channing and Neil Simon, true legends who barely got more than a flicker’s notice.

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