Oscar Winner Ariana DeBose Will Host 2023 Tony Awards

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Ariana Debose | Photo: Getty Images

Jordanna Brody
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April 12, 2023 11:00 AM

Ariana DeBose really did the thing! Last year's Tony Awards host will once again host this year's 76th annual Tony Awards. The star will emcee from the United Palace during the ceremony, set to take place June 11, which will be aired on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.

DeBose won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar last year for her work as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story. She also won a BAFTA, Critics Choice, and SAG Award for her performance. She was last seen on Broadway in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical and played the Bullet in Hamilton.

“I was honored to serve as host last year and even more so to be asked back! So looking forward to celebrating this incredible season and the people who make the work happen. Here’s to adding some uptown flavor to the magic of the Tony Awards!” said DeBose.

DeBose has also appeared in A Bronx Tale, Pippin, Motown The Musical, Bring It On: The Musical, and the 2011 New York Philharmonic concert staging of Company. On screen, the star recently appeared in Apple TV+’s musical comedy Schmigadoon!, and played Alyssa Greene in the Netflix adaptation of The Prom.  Next up, DeBose will star in Sony Pictures’ Kraven the Hunter, Argylle from Apple, Wish from Disney, House of Spoils on Prime Video, and the space thriller ISS.

In addition to her work as a performer, DeBose 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 2023 Tony Awards will air on CBS and Paramount+, with official air times to be announced at a later date. As previously announced, the Tony Awards eligibility cut-off date is April 29 for all Broadway productions which meet all other eligibility requirements.

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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Jordanna Brody

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.