West News Wire: Last year, the actor, singer, and dancer portrayed Anita in Steven Spielberg’s feature-length production of the legendary musical. She earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award for best supporting actress. For “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” she received a Tony nomination for best featured actor in a musical in 2018. She was also a member of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” original cast, where she played The Bullet, a pivotal role.

In a statement, CBS executive vice president of specials, music, live events, and alternative programming Jack Sussman stated, “We are happy to have Ariana DeBose, who has captivated viewers with her inspirational roles on stage, in film and television, host this year’s Tony Awards.” “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.”

This year’s Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 12, at Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, airing live across the country for the first time. The broadcast will stream live on CBS and on streaming service Paramount+. Exclusive content will stream on Paramount+ an hour before the celebration begins.

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

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Nominations for the 2022 Tony Awards will be announced by Adrienne Warren and Joshua Henry on Monday, May 9.

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