Ariana DeBose to host the Tony Awards for the second year in a row
The ceremony will be broadcast live on June 11 from the United Palace Theater in New York.
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The Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee returns as the presenter of this ceremony after the success she had last year, where, despite some negative reactions on social networks, her presentation was widely celebrated.
“Ariana DeBose will do the thing again this summer,” wrote RollingStone about the selection of the star as as presenter of the 76th edition of these important awards that celebrate the best of musical theater in the United States.
A Rising Star
DeBose has been garnering accolades and several trophies in recent years, including an Oscar, a BAFTA and a SAG Award for her portrayal of Anita in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of West Side Story.
She previously earned a Tony Award nomination for playing ‘Disco Donna’ in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.’ She was also part of the original cast of ‘Hamilton.’
DeBose pointed out through a statement:
I was honored to serve as host last year and even more so to be asked back. So looking forward to celebrating this incredible season and the people who make the work happen. Here’s to adding some uptown flavor to the magic of the Tony Awards!
Considered a theater veteran, DeBose has also been a part of such productions as 'A Bronx Tale,' 'Pippin,' 'Motown the Musical,' 'Bring It On: The Musical,' and 'Company.'
Currently, the talented star is part of the new season of ‘Schmigadoon,’ an original series of Apple TV.
The Tony Award nominations will be announced on May 2, and the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBS and Paramount+, will take place on June 11 at the United Palace Theater in New York.
She's baaaack! Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee @arianadebose returns to host the 76th Annual #TonyAwards on June 11! Watch LIVE at 8pm ET/5pm PT on @CBS, and streaming live and on-demand on @paramountplus. pic.twitter.com/urBMFxtKjS— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) April 12, 2023
In the previous edition, 'A Strange Loop' took the crown for best new musical, while Joaquina Kalukango won for best leading actress in a musical, and Myles Frost took the award for best leading actor in a musical for playing Michael Jackson.
Prominent among DeBose's featured segments in the 75th issue were her reflections on diversity and representation on Broadway.
She also noted that the season was filled with black creative voices both onstage and offstage, joking that she sees the phrase 'The Great White Way,' as Broadway has long been called, as a nickname, and not as a practical guide.