He’s back, and theatre fans everywhere are rejoicing.
Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards® this spring, for the third time. Harris will preside over a star-studded ceremony live on stage at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 10. The Tony Awards telecast will air live that evening on CBS at 8/7c (time delayed PT).
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Tony Awards,” said Harris. “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 5.”
Harris previously hosted the Tonys to great acclaim in 2009 and 2011. As he did in 2011, Harris will also act as a producer, along with executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. Kirshner, Weiss and Harris earned an Emmy Award on behalf of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in the category of Outstanding Special Class Program.
“We’re excited to be working once again with the extremely talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Kirshner and Weiss, in a statement. “Last year’s show was such a success and we can’t wait to bring it to new heights this year!”
The 2012 Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 1 in a live webcast here at TonyAwards.com. Check back soon for details and the exact time of the annoucnement.
Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. Founded by the Wing in 1947, The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast – the night America watches Broadway – is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.
About Our Host
In addition to hosting the Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris also served as host and producer of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Equally successful on stage and screen, Harris currently stars as Barney Stinson on the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. A veteran of the theatre, Harris recently tackled the role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Lincoln Center.
Harris made his Broadway debut in David Auburn’s drama Proof, and subsequently starred on the Great White Way as the Emcee in Cabaret, and as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning musical revival production of Assassins. His additional theatrical credits include roles in All My Sons, Tick, Tick…Boom, The Paris Letter, Sweeney Todd, Rent, and Romeo and Juliet. Harris made his theatrical directorial debut with I Am Grock at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Additionally, he directed a production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and more recently he helmed a production of The Expert at the Card Table at the Broad Stage Theater.
On screen, Harris most recently starred in the third installment of the comedy franchise A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, and the live-action/animated feature The Smurfs. Among his additional film credits include roles in Beastly, The Best and the Brightest, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, The Next Best Thing, The Proposition, Starship Troopers, and Clara’s Heart (Golden Globe nomination). On television, Harris gained notoriety as the beloved title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (People’s Choice Award, Golden Globe nomination). Furthermore, he recently won an Emmy Award for his guest-starring turn in “Glee.” Among Harris’ additional television credits include a series regular role on “Stark Raving Mad,” as well as guest-starring roles in “Numb3rs,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Will & Grace,” and “Boomtown.”