Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Broadway: Ariana DeBose to Host Tony Awards, “Plaza Suite” Books 3rd Extension with Broderick, Parker


Some good Broadway news for a change.

Ariana DeBost is having a great year. She won the Oscar for “West Side Story” just six weeks ago. Today it was announced she’ll host the Tony Awards on June 12th. Ariana’s Oscar was for Best Supporting Actress as Anita. She has many other awards including a Tony nomination in 2018 for the Donna Summer musical.

The Tonys are going to be HOT this year: Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal, Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga, Sutton Foster, the whole Michael Jackson musical, plus “Company” and Patti Lupone, etc plus finger crossed Bob Dylan fans will have “Girl from the North Country,” my choice for Best Musical. That’s a great show.

More good news: “Plaza Suite” starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker is such a hit they’re extending the run for a third time, until July 10th. Last week, “Plaza Suite” made $1.6 million. That’s box office for a musical, not a play. The audience is there and wants to see them. Bravo!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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