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Ariana DeBose to Host Tonys

Academy Award Winner Ariana DeBose Will Host 2022 Tony Awards

This Oscar winner is heading back to the Broadway scene! The Tony Awards announced today that Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee, Ariana DeBose (West Side Story, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) will host the 75th Annual Tony Awards from the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2022 (8 – 11 p.m. LIVE EST/5 – 8 p.m., LIVE PST) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.

The celebration will commence at 7 – 8 p.m. EST/4 – 5 p.m. PST with exclusive content streaming only on Paramount+. Hosts and further information on the Paramount+ presentation will be announced at a later date. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Ariana DeBose is known for her varying roles on stage, film, and television. DeBose is best known for her groundbreaking performance in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, for which she received Oscar, BAFTA, Critics Choice, and SAG Awards for her star turning role as “Anita”. On the stage, DeBose is perhaps best known for her role as Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which earned her a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. For the same role, she was nominated for a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance and won a Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show.

“I’m coming home! 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!” said Ariana DeBose. “This is a dream come true, and I’m excited to see you all on June 12th.”

In 2015, DeBose appeared alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the groundbreaking, Tony-winning musical Hamilton as a member of the original cast in both the Broadway and off-Broadway productions, as well as the Emmy Award-winning film version that was later released on Disney+. After her departure from Hamilton in 2016, DeBose completed a run as “Jane” in the original Broadway cast of A Bronx Tale. Her theater credits include Leading Player in the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, Mary Wilson in Motown The Musical, Nautica in Bring It On: The Musical, and ensemble in Stephen Sondheim’s Company. She recently had a breakout role in Schmigadoon!, and received critical acclaim for her performance in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the hit-Broadway musical The Prom. Next, DeBose will star in Sony Pictures’ Kraven the Hunter; Argylle from Apple, and the space thriller ISS.

DeBose currently sits on the International Board of Covenant House advocating for homeless youth, many of whom identify as LGBTQ. She is also a board member of A is For, a reproductive rights organization started by Martha Plimpton that works to ensure that all women have access to reproductive and abortion care free of stigma.

“The 75th Tony Awards celebration is a big moment for all of us in the theatre community, and in Ariana we have found the perfect host to lead this celebration,” said Heather Hitchens, President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “We can’t wait to see Ariana take the stage on June 12th and dazzle, inspire, and entertain us.”

The Tony Awards eligibility cut-off date has been extended for the 2021-2022 season to Wednesday, May 4, 2022, for all Broadway productions which meet all other eligibility requirements. Tony Award winner Adrienne Warren and Tony Award Nominee Joshua Henry will host the 75th Annual Tony Awards Nominations on Monday, May 9th at 9:00 AM ET on the Tony Awards official YouTube channel.