Ariana DeBose continues her reign!
The Academy Award winner and Tony nominee has been named the official host of the 75th annual Tony Awards, which will take place at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12!
DeBose is having a banner year so far. After starring in West Side Story in the iconic role of Anita last year, she went on to win the Academy Award for that role, just like the original Anita, Rita Moreno. In doing so, she became the first out queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar. Along the way she also picked up a Golden Globe and a SAG award for the role.
Since then, she's hosted SNL, been on the cover of Out, and walked the Met Gala red carpet. Her upcoming projects include the Sony Spider-Man film Kraven the Hunter, and the space thriller ISS. It seems nothing can bring her down!
While she's now one of the biggest stars in the world, just seven years ago, she was appearing in the original cast of Hamilton in the show's ensemble. From there, she went on to star as Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which earned her a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
"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!" DeBose said in a statement. "This is a dream come true, and I'm excited to see you all on June 12th."
The Tony Award nominations will be announced on Monday, May 9 following an extended eligibility window. You can watch DeBose host the Tonys on Sunday, June 12 at 8pm ET on CBS and Paramount+.
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