‘Shine the light’: Ariana DeBose talks hosting Tony Awards

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Ariana DeBose (Photo: Lyn Fairly Media, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award host and theater veteran Ariana DeBose says this year’s telecast will spread its arms wider to celebrate both Broadway’s stars and the unsung heroes like understudies and swings who kept shows open during the pandemic restart. The Oscar-winning and Tony-nominated actress was once an ensemble member and understudy on Broadway. DeBose will host the three-hour awards show Sunday, helping hand out the 26 competitive Tonys. She vows to “have a lot of fun.” DeBose is quite familiar with the massive Radio City Music Hall stage. She’s performed during three previous telecasts, including in Summer, Motown the Musical and Bring It On: The Musical.

Mark Kennedy for the Associated Press