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'I'm coming home': Ariana DeBose to host the Tony Awards

At her last awards show, Ariana DeBose won an Oscar. She's taking on a different role at the Tony Awards.
Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
FILE - Ariana DeBose arrives at the 94th Academy Awards nominees luncheon on Monday, March 7, 2022, in Los Angeles. DeBose will host this year’s Tony Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — New Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose will host this year's Tony Awards.

The “West Side Story” star will lead the presentation June 12 at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall live on CBS and on Paramount+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. An hour-long pre-show will stream on Paramount+. It's the 75th iteration of the annual event, which honors achievements on Broadway.

“After the challenging last two years, there is no one better to bring the theater community together on this important night honoring the best of Broadway and share the joys of live performing once again than this extraordinarily talented artist,” said Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music, live events and alternative programming at CBS.

DeBose is a theater veteran, with roles in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” “Hamilton,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Pippin,” “Motown the Musical,” “Bring It On: The Musical” and “Company.”

“I’m coming home,” DuBose said in a statement to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m so honored to celebrate 75 years of excellence in theatre, but more importantly every member of this community who poured themselves into making sure the lights of Broadway have the opportunity to shine brightly once again. This is a dream come true, and I’m excited to see you all on June 12th.”

The ceremony will he held nine months after “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” took the best new musical crown at the last Tony Awards, one postponed because of the pandemic. That show also expanded from its typical three hours to four, with host Audra McDonald handing out Tonys for the first two hours and Leslie Odom Jr. hosting a “Broadway’s Back!” celebration for the second half with performances from the three top musicals.

Val Lick contributed to this report. 

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