MANILA, Philippines – Theater fans can expect a legendary 67th Annual Tony Awards as Neil Patrick Harris has been confirmed as its host.
The world-famous awards show, which recognizes achievements in live Broadway theater, will be held on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
This marks Harris’s 4th time to host the awards night, presented yearly by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League. He previously hosted the 63rd, 65th, and 66th Tony Awards.
This year, Harris adds “producer” to his title. He joins executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.
“I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall,” he said in a statement quoted from PlayBill.com.
“It’ll be more impressive than ever — if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year. Oh, wait. No, that can’t…hold on…carry the one…I’m awful at Math. But rest assured, the show will rock!”
Those who are most familiar with Harris for his comedy-defining role as Barney Stinson in the television show “How I Met Your Mother” may be surprised to know that he has been a theater actor since 1997.
Harris has appeared in 3 Broadway productions: “Proof” (2002), “Cabaret” (2003), and “Assassins” (2004).
But he is also adored as the prodigy Doogie Howser on the show “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989-1993) for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series for Comedy or Musical).
His role as Barney Stinson has earned him Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. In 2010, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “Glee.”
Watch Harris’s opening number at the 2012 Tony Awards here:
– With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com
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