Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host 66th Annual Tony Awards
Human Swiss Army knife Neil Patrick Harris, star of TV’s ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and veteran of several movies and Broadway stage shows, has again been tapped to host the Great White Way’s biggest night — he’ll helm this year’s Tony Awards on June 10.
It’ll be his third stint as Tonys host, having done so previously in 2009 and again last year, when he famously showed off his gifts as a skilled stage performer by reeling off a rap routine he’d learned only minutes before. That broadcast scored ratings a full 9 percent higher in the key 18-to-49 demographic than the previous year’s ceremonies.
In a press release, Jack Sussman, an executive vice-president at Tonys network CBS, said, “Neil is the ultimate showman. He brings great talent, energy and creativity to the Tony stage and usually a surprise or two. I can’t wait to see what he has in store this year.”
Harris himself released a statement reading:
I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Tony Awards. Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I’ll score some free house seats to a show – or five!
If you’re wondering why Harris has been asked to return — and why the busy actor has also hosted the Emmys — take a look at last year’s hilarious Tony opening, ‘Not Just for Gays Anymore,’ and that quickly-written-and-learned rap recap of the Tonys, which both went viral: