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Whoopi Goldberg Will Host 2008 Tony Awards

By Andrew Gans
08 May 2008

Whoopi Goldberg

Stage and screen star Whoopi Goldberg will host the 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

The actress made the announcement on the May 8 broadcast of ABC TV's "The View," which she co-hosts. Goldberg said in a subsequent statement, "I'm very excited to be hosting the Tony Awards. I love Broadway and I'm thrilled to be doing anything for the first time. I'm gonna have a blast."

The Tony Awards will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. In a statement Weiss said, "How lucky are we to have such a legendary performer presiding over this year's Tony Awards?" Kirshner added, "Whoopi not only brings with her an immense amount of star-power, but also a charm and humor that is all her own."

As previously announced, the 62nd Annual Tony Awards will be presented June 15. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live from Radio City Music Hall, 8-11 PM ET. (Red-carpet arrivals will begin at 6 PM).

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. CBS has broadcast the annual event since 1978.

An Academy Award-winning actress, Whoopi Goldberg has appeared on Broadway in Whoopi Goldberg, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The actress-comedian won 1985 Drama Desk and Theatre World awards for her one-woman show Whoopi Goldberg and 2002 Drama Desk and Tony awards as one of the producers of the award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

For more information visit www.TonyAwards.com.




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