Last year, Neil Patrick Harris won an Emmy as part of the team that presented the Tony Awards in 2009. On Tuesday, it was announced that he is set to emcee these top theater kudos again this year. So successful was Harris as host of the Tonys that he was tapped to emcee that year’s Emmys as well. He also aced that assignment and went on to make an appearance in the opening number of the Oscars hosted by Hugh Jackman in early 2010.
Two years ago, the Emmys eliminated the individual performance in a variety special category; that was what Jackman won for hosting the 2004 Tonys. Since then, emcees have been included in the nominees for the awards shows themselves. However, Harris’ name was left off the ballot until our eagle-eyed senior editor Chris Beachum spotted the oversight and it was brought to the attention of the Emmys. Harris also won Guest Comedy Actor for an appearance on “Glee” that night.
This year’s Tony Awards will be executive-produced once again by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment who said, “We’re thrilled to have Neil back as our host and we’re even happier he fits in the ‘Spider-Man’ rigging.” For his part, Harris said, “I’m honored and stoked to have been asked to host the 2011 Tony Awards. It should be a great show.”
CBS, home to Harris’ show “How I Met Your Mother,” will air the 65th annual edition of the Tonys on Sunday, June 12. Due to scheduling, the show is shifting from its longtime home at Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manahttan to the Beacon Theater on the upper west side.