NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris will get to hone his hosting skills in June when he takes a third turn as host of the annual Tony Awards.
Producers of the show announced Tuesday that the sitcom star, who is a stage veteran, would be back at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre for the ceremony honoring Broadway’s best. It will be broadcast live on CBS on June 10.
In a statement, Harris said he was thrilled. “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!”
Harris previously hosted the Tonys last year and in 2009, the same year he hosted the Emmy Awards. As he did in 2011, Harris will also serve as a producer.
The 38-year-old Harris has starred in three Broadway productions: “Assassins,” “Proof,” opposite Anne Heche, and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in “Cabaret.”
His movie credits include “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” and “The Smurfs.”
Last year’s Tony telecast was seen by 6.9 million viewers and posted a 9 percent year-to-year gain in the ratings for the 18-to-49 demographic. The boost came even though it aired opposite Game 6 of the NBA Finals, in which the Dallas Mavericks clinched the championship against the Miami Heat.
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