Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards for third year in a row

While it is a shame that Bette Midler didn’t get the gig, it is no surprise that Neil Patrick Harris was announced Thursday as the host of this year’s Tony Awards.

After all, his first two times emceeing these top theater kudos in 2009 and 2011 prevailed the following years at the Emmys. That one-year lagtime is due to this awardscast airing after the May 31 cut-off for Emmy submissions.

Harris also hosted the Tonys last year so he could well be in contention again at this year’s Emmys. And with those TV awards airing on CBS, Harris — who stars on the net’s “How I Met Your Mother” — could find himself presiding over this kudocast too as he did the last time they were on the Tiffany net in 2009.  

As a four-time Tony emcee, he is now just one behind Angela Lansbury who was the hostess with the mostest on five occasions. Four different folks — Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Rosie O’Donnell and Robert Preston — each emceed three times. 

The Tony Awards is shifting back to its longtime home at Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manahttan — where O’Donnell first hosted in 1997 — from the Beacon Theater on the upper west side where it was held for the last two years. And Harris promises, “It’ll be more impressive than ever. If my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year. Oh, wait. No, that can’t … hold on … carry the one … I’m awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!”

Said CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler: “Neil is a multi-talented performer whose showmanship, wit and energy command the stage of live events. He is a master of ceremony who truly loves celebrating the performing arts with the highest level of entertainment, and it’s quite obvious to the audience he’s having a lot of fun along the way.”

This year’s Tony Awards will be executive-produced once again by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.

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