Academy Award Winner and Tony Award Nominee Ariana DeBose Will Host

The 75th Annual Tony Awards®” Immediately Following, on CBS

Emmy Award winners Darren Criss and Julianne Hough have been named co-hosts of THE TONY AWARDS: ACT ONE, one hour of exclusive content streaming live only on Paramount+, beginning Sunday, June 12 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/4:00-5:00 PM, PT), prior to the live broadcast of the Tony Awards® on CBS. Criss and Hough will kick off the evening celebrating the 2022 Tony Awards, bestowing multiple honors and introducing special performances throughout the exciting hour of programming.

As previously announced, Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Ariana DeBose will host THE 75th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, airing live coast-to-coast (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Actor and musician Darren Criss currently stars opposite Sam Rockwell and Laurence Fishburne in “American Buffalo,” which recently received a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play. “American Buffalo” is currently playing at Circle in the Square Theatre for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 10. Additional Broadway credits include “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Criss received critical acclaim for his work on “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” earning him a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors’ Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award. He’s also written music and lyrics for numerous projects spanning across theater, film and TV, including “Glee” and “Central Park.”

Emmy Award winner Julianne Hough is an entertainer, producer and entrepreneur known for her success in film, television and music. Most recently, Hough made her much-acclaimed Broadway debut in “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive.” The show will have a limited engagement run through Sunday, August 14 at the Shubert Theatre. Hough’s acting credits include “Safe Haven,” “Paradise,” “Rock of Ages” and “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.” In 2009, the two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion received an Academy of Country Music Award. As an entrepreneur, Hough founded Canary House Productions, KINRGY and Fresh Vine Wine.

The 75th Tonys celebration will recognize all the award categories and honor the incredible artistry of the 2021-2022 season. The Tony Awards, which honor theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, is presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing and has been broadcast on CBS since 1978.

The Tony Awards are produced in collaboration with Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, and White Cherry Entertainment. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss are executive producers for White Cherry Entertainment. Weiss will serve as director.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream The Tony Awards live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on demand. Essential-tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the special airs.

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