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The 77th Annual Tony Awards


Ariana DeBose returns for her third time as host of the Tony Awards

She won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award for her performance in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 adaptation of West Side Story, and now Ariana DeBose is making her return as host of the Tony Awards for the third consecutive year.

Held at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City, this year’s awards gala honouring the best of Broadway will feature a spectacular opening number choreographed by DeBose, who’s also one of the show’s producers.

The 77th Annual  Tony Awards on CBS. Pictured: Ariana DeBose delivered the goods at last year’s 76th Annual Tony Awards.
Michele Crowe/CBS

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

Meanwhile, the field of shows vying for accolades for the 2023-’24 New York theatre season was so notable and full that some potential nominees with considerable name recognition — such as Steve Carell (for Uncle Vanya) and Michael Imperioli (An Enemy of the People) — were denied bids. However, Stereophonic and the Alicia Keys-inspired musical Hell’s Kitchen share the title of the show with this year’s highest number of nominations, with both shows receiving 13 nods.

The 77th Annual  Tony Awards on CBS. Pictured: Acclaimed play Stereophonic features an up-and-coming rock band trying to make musical magic within a recording studio in 1976. Cervantes

As always, a wide array of talents from the latest Broadway season, as well as those from stage history, will be on hand to give out the honours. Slated to receive lifetime achievement awards are Tony-winning directors Jack O’Brien (Hairspray) and George C. Wolfe (Angels in America).

The 77th Annual  Tony Awards on CBS. Pictured: Maleah Joi Moon, Chris Lee, and the cast of musical Hell’s Kitchen, featuring the music of Alicia Keys. J. Franklin

The Tony Awards also serve as a promotional calling card of sorts for Broadway, encouraging out-of-towners to visit New York in order to see a show (or several). In fact, many of this year’s Tony nominees have established themselves well beyond the Broadway stage, a lengthy list that includes Jessica Lange, Daniel Radcliffe, Rachel McAdams, Jeremy Strong, Liev Schreiber, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Leslie Odom, Jr., Bebe Neuwirth, Dorian Harewood, Corey Stoll and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The 77th Annual Tony Awards air on Sunday, June 16 on CBS

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