Joshua Dela Cruz, previously seen on Broadway in Disney's Aladdin, has landed the lead role in the newly titled Blue's Clues & You. The show is a reboot of the 1996 series and will feature the same animated puppy Blue, who leads viewers through a puzzle-solving adventure in each episode. This will be Dela Cruz's debut as a television show regular.
The original host of Blue's Clues, Steve Burns, aided in the search and audition process for the new host.
Shelly Sumpter Gillyard, Executive Vice President of Talent, Music, and Events for the Nickelodeon Group supported the decision, saying, "The search for the new host of Blue’s Clues & You was no small task, but we knew as soon as we met Josh that he was the perfect choice. From his genuineness to his comedic timing and range, there was no doubt that he could carry the show on for the next generation of preschoolers.”
Dela Cruz appeared in the ensemble of the original Broadway cast of Disney's Aladdin, covering the title role and Iago. He stepped in as Aladdin for a limited run in 2017. His additional stage credits include Here Lies Love Off-Broadway and Encores!' Merrily We Roll Along. On screen, he's appeared in ABC's Time After Time and CBS' Bull.