Neil Patrick Harris To Host 65th Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris

If you love Broadway, theater and musicals, then you know there’s no other place to be on June 12th than the 65th annual Tony Awards. This year’s host is Neil Patrick Harris, a Broadway veteran of such fan favorites as Rent, Proof, and the New York Philharmonic concert version of Company.

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 65th annual Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, commonly referred to as the Tony Awards, on June 12th at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This will be the 2nd time the current star of TV’s How I Met Your Mother has hosted the Tony Awards. Harris first hosted the awards show in 2009, and it’s no wonder the Tonys want him back. Harris won an Emmy for it.

The 37-year-old actor, known for his roles in such films, web series, and televisions shows as DoogieHowser, M.D., Starship Troopers, and Joss Whedon’s musical web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, is a veteran in the hosting business. Along with the Tony Awards, he’s also hosted the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, the 7th annual TV Land Awards and Spike’s Video Game Awards. He was a smash hit at the 82nd Academy Awards when he surprised the audience by performing the opening musical number.

But Harris isn’t just an award show host. He is also an award winner. Neil Patrick Harris has been nominated and won a number of different awards including the Golden Globes (4 nominations, 1 win), The Emmys (4 nominations, 2 wins) and The People’s Choice Awards (1 nomination, 1 win). 10 of these award nods are from How I Met Your Mother including the People’s Choice for Favorite TV Comedy Actor and The Golden Icon award for Best Performance by an Actor in A Comedy TV Series.

Other, less typical, awards Harris has won include The Spike VGA award for Best Performance by a Human Male (Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions), The Streamy for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Web Series (Dr. Horrible), and an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor a Comedy Series for his appearance on Glee.

CBS will air this year’s Tony Awards in primetime, held for the first time at the Beacon Theatre because of a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall, the traditional location for the Tony Awards.

This guest post is by Edwin Daniels who blogs at USdish. You can also follow him on Twitter: @Edandish.

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