Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards show, his fourth
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Theater fans can breathe a sigh of relief that there will be no Seth MacFarlane-style misfire on the Tony Awards show this year: Neil Patrick Harris is to return as host.
Widely praised as the host for the show in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Harris is on track to become the Billy Crystal of the Tonys.
The Times’ Mary McNamara wrote after last year’s show: “A preternaturally talented performer who manages to project an everyman humility, Harris should probably host everything, including each year’s first joint session of Congress.”
This year, the show moves from the Beacon Theater in Manhattan to Radio City Music Hall.
Highlights of Harris’ shows as host include 2011’s opening number saluting Broadway’s across-the-board popularity by saying “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore,” and a duet and soft-shoe with Hugh Jackman in a parody of the “Annie Get Your Gun” standard “Anything You Can Host, I Can Host Better.”
The show is set for 8 p.m. on June 9 on CBS.
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