Neil Patrick Harris returns as 2011 Tony Awards host
Neil Patrick Harris is making a return as host for the upcoming Tony Awards, the organization behind the ceremony announced on Tuesday, May 10.
The "How I Met Your Mother" star, who is also a stage veteran, takes over hosting duties from former "Will & Grace" actor Sean Hayes, who was last year's host.
"I'm honored and stoked to have been asked to host the 2011 Tony Awards," Harris said in the official announcement. "It should be a great show -- we've got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises, and since they're closed for retooling, we're using all the rigging equipment from "Spider-Man." What could possibly go wrong?"
The 37-year-old actor last hosted the ceremony in 2009 and earned a Creative Arts Emmy Award , along with executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, for his work on that broadcast. The 65th Annual Tony Awards, set to air live from the Beacon Theatre in New York on CBS on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. ET.
Harris was recently back on stage in April in the New York Philharmonic's production of "Company," where he joined Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks and Patti LuPone.
The musical "The Book of Mormon," from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, earned a whopping 14 nominations, including Best Musical, while "The Scottsboro Boys," also garnered a nod in that category, marking a total of 12 nominations. "Sister Act," the musical based on the films that starred Whoopi Goldberg, which is also co-produced by the actress and "View" host, earned five Tony nods.
Notably missing from the list is "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe, who in March made his Broadway musical debut in the revival of the 1962 show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."