Neil Patrick Harris tapped to host 2009 Tony Awards


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Culture Monster asked, and the Tony Awards have listened.

Last week, we put Neil Patrick Harris on our wish list of potential hosts for the 2009 Tony Awards. And today, our wish came true as the Broadway League and American Theatre Wing announced that Harris will, indeed, host the award show live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7.

Harris is best known for his roles in television’s ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ More recently, he had success with the Internet video hit ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.’


Those of us who assiduously follow his career know that Harris has more than earned his theater credentials on both coasts. On Broadway, he has starred in ‘Cabaret,’ ‘Assassins’ and ‘Proof.’ But it has been in Southern California where Harris has truly demonstrated his stage talents.

He has performed at such notable theaters as the Geffen Playhouse in Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons,’ the Kirk Douglas Theater in ‘The Paris Letter’ and the La Jolla Playhouse in ‘Luck, Pluck and Virtue.’ He’s currently producing the theatrical mystery show, ‘Accomplice.’

He has even served multiple times as the host of the Ovation Awards, which honor achievements in Los Angeles theater.

And Harris got in a little award show practice last month when he hosted the 2009 TV Land awards. See for yourself — and let us know how you think he did.

— David Ng