Tony Awards Host Ariana DeBose Hails Broadway Diversity In High-Energy Show Opening: “‘The Great White Way’ Is Becoming More Of A Nickname Than A How-To Guide”

Shiny in a bright white topcoat and pants, Tony Award host Ariana Debos trumpet in progress Broadway In a high-energy opening number and monologue. (Watch the video clip below.)

story of the west The Oscar winner rocked tons of “firsts” this year, including a slew of Black and LGBTQ+ nominees. a weird loopL Morgan Lee is the first openly trans Tony-nominated artist and Toby Marlowe (musician) six) and Levi Blanco (costume designer for Montana) the skin of our teeth) became the first non-cisgender Tony winner. Also, there are Broadway theaters named after James Earl Jones and Lena Horne.

In short, DeBos declared, “‘The Great White Way’ is becoming more of a nickname as opposed to a how-to guide.”

The host also lauded Broadway’s ability to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, describing the period as a “roller coaster, with companies restarting, closing, twisting and turning after nearly two years.”

The opening musical number blended motifs, lines, and references to several shows from a roster of Broadway’s all-time favorites, among them Evita, wiz, Chicago, rent, dream Girls and also Sound of Music, This “somewhere,” from the signature number . Some of the bars are also knitted story of the west,

In contrast to DeBos’s white dress, a group of black dancers surrounded him, sometimes waving him above his head. At every height, he displayed versatility and action that enabled him to stand out as a performer hamilton And Summer: The Donna Summer MusicalAt one point shouting and joyfully calling out to the back row of the venue: “Radio City!!”

As the singing and dancing unfolded, clips of Tony acceptance speeches by several veterans appeared on the backstage screen, among them Audra McDonald, Andre De Shields and a chorus lineK Michael Bennett.

Here’s a musical excerpt from Debos’ opening: