Julianne Hough, Darren Criss Tease the 2022 Tony Awards

“Dancing With the Stars” alum Julianne Hough is making her Tony Awards debut as co-host of the pre-show “The Tony Awards: Act One” alongside Broadway star Darren Criss. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” the 2 hosts talked about what they’ve in retailer, plus the present Broadway reveals they’re every starring in.

Julianne & Darren Say Hosting the Tony Awards is ‘Iconic’

On “CBS This Morning,” Julianne stated that is her first expertise with Broadway and he or she could not really feel extra honored to have been requested to co-host the primary hour of the Tony Awards.

“This is my first expertise popping out to New York and being part of the Broadway neighborhood and … [it’s] so beneficiant and type and welcoming. But additionally, after the final couple years, Broadway coming again and the seventy fifth anniversary [of the awards], that is actually an honor to have the ability to be requested to host this primary act of the Tony Awards. It’s gonna be nice,” stated Julianne.

Darren added, “[T]he Tony Awards are, personally, one in all my favourite nights of the 12 months, primarily as a result of … the vibrancy of the theater neighborhood, which is already with out the pageantry of awards reveals is such a particular and really distinctive factor that’s such part of the genetic, cultural materials of New York City, so simply having an evening to honor so many individuals that maintain Broadway alive is a lot enjoyable.”

He additionally stated that he has admired Julianne for thus lengthy and he loved engaged on some previous tasks along with her, so it is “fairly cool” for them to be “singing and dancing [their] manner throughout the Radio City Music Hall stage.”

“It’s fairly iconic,” added Julianne.

Darren Wrote Their Opening Number

The two are opening the show with a tune known as “Set the Stage,” which it seems was composed by Darren, one thing he insisted on if he was going to be the host.

“I form of reduce my tooth as a songwriter and composer, and as a theater nerd, I’ve at all times wished to jot down a tune for the Tonys. So once they requested me to host this, I used to be like, ‘Alright, there is a quid professional quo right here. I’ll do it if you happen to let me write the opening quantity.’ So Jules and I are doing a quantity known as ‘Set the Stage’ and that may open the entire shebang,” stated the actor.

He additionally joked that he’s going to need to up his backstage sport as a result of Julianne’s pre-show dancing performances have been an enormous hit on social media. Julianne is at the moment starring in “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” and her movies of the cast dancing collectively earlier than each efficiency are unbelievable.

“I like to have a ritual earlier than I am going on stage simply so it places me in that zone, connects me to that efficiency for each night time. I really like connection, so to have the ability to share the second with all of our unbelievable cast members … It’s simply enjoyable. It simply sort of grew to become our factor. They at all times know at 7:30 I’m gonna be blasting music all through the theater,” stated Julianne.

She additionally stated that she has at all times had a dream of acting on Broadway and he or she did not simply need to drop in as a visitor star, she wished to do it full-time.

“It’s at all times been a dream of mine to be on Broadway and I did not simply need to do it like a bucket checklist, like I’m in, I’m out. I actually wished to immerse myself into the world, the neighborhood,” stated the dancer.

She additionally stated that she thinks “POTUS,” which is a political satire, is so enjoyable and it is simply what the world wants proper now.

“I believe simply the place we’re at on the earth immediately, having a lot feminine empowerment surrounding one thing like politics that would really feel very heavy and we do it in such a hilarious, outlandish manner, I believe is what we want proper now … It’s actually humorous and I believe that is what we want proper now.,” stated Julianne, to which Darren added, “Lotta bada** girls.”

The Tony Awards: Act One airs dwell on Paramount Plus on Sunday, June 12 starting at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific. The awards show then switches to CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific; it’s hosted by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its thirty first season within the fall of 2022 on Disney Plus.

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