Ariana DeBose hosts the Tony Awards for the third year in a row: News: Music Times

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Ariana DeBose returns to host the Tony Awards after hosting Broadway’s biggest night twice in the past.

In a statement, DeBose described her excitement about hosting the upcoming 77th Tony Awards.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host the Tonys once again at Lincoln Center. I’m excited to work with the team to create an incredible celebration of this season’s achievements on Broadway for our community and for everyone at home,” DeBose said in a statement.

DeBose received a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical as DiscoDonna. Since then, she has yet to win her own Tony Award.

Despite not yet winning, DeBose received widespread attention and acclaim when she played Anita in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 adaptation. West Side Story with Rachel Zegler, Mike Faist and Ansel Elgort. DeBose won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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After her now iconic BAFTA performance in 2023, DeBose was a regular as a host at awards shows. She began hosting the Tony Awards in 2022 and was rehired to do so again in 2023. For hosting the 76th Annual Tony Awards in 2023, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

In addition to DeBose, Billboard reported that Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar will host The Tony Awards: Act 1, the live pre-show of the annual awards ceremony. Like DeBose, Hough will host the live pre-show for the third time, as she also began hosting in 2022 and reprized her role in 2023.

This would be Ambudkar’s first time as host, as Hough has hosted Skylar Astin and Darren Criss respectively for the past two years.

The Tony Awards: Act 1 will stream on Pluto TV on June 16 from 6:30-8:00 PM ET/3:30-5:00 PM PT.

Meanwhile, the 2024 Tony Awards will air live from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City via CBS from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM ET and streamed on Paramount+.

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