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West Side Story star Ariana DeBose hosts the Tony Awards

West Side Story star Ariana DeBose has said it is a “dream come true” to be named the host of the 75th Tony Awards this year.

The actress, who won a Bafta and Oscar for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the musical, will host the ceremony on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The US star joins the ranks of famous faces who have previously hosted the event honoring Broadway productions – including British actor James Corden, who took the stage in 2016 and 2019.

DeBose said, “I’m coming home!

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Ariana DeBose hosts the 75th Tony Awards ceremony (Tony/PA)

“I’m honored to celebrate 75 years of excellence in theater, but more importantly, every member of this community who has worked to ensure the lights of Broadway can shine brightly again.

“This is a dream come true and I look forward to seeing you all on June 12.”

DeBose rose to fame after starring in West Side Story and won an Oscar, 60 years after her predecessor in the role, Rita Moreno, won an Oscar herself.

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Ariana DeBose at the 94th Academy Awards (Doug Peters/PA)

The star also received a Tony Award nomination for her role in The Donna Summer Musical in 2018 and is next set to star in the Apple TV+ spy thriller Argylle.

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Tony Awards show executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss said: “There’s a reason Ariana was nominated and won so many awards and you’ll see why on June 12 when she’s back ‘to.’ home’ on a Broadway stage. ”

Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment, said: “We are delighted that Ariana DeBose, who has captivated audiences with her inspirational roles on stage, film and television, has chosen this year’s Tony Awards will moderate.

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Ariana DeBose after winning the Supporting Actress award for West Side Story at the Bafta Awards (Ian West/PA)

“After the past two challenging years, there is no one better able to bring the theater community together and once again share the joys of live performance on this important evening honoring Broadway’s finest than this extraordinarily talented artist.”

Last year, Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr. co-hosted the ceremony.

The nominations for this year’s Tony Awards will be announced on Monday.

The 75th Annual Tony Awards will be held in New York on June 12th.

https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/west-side-story-star-ariana-debose-to-host-tony-awards-41615188.html West Side Story star Ariana DeBose hosts the Tony Awards

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