Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards for the fourth time (Poll)
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2013 Tony Awards, marking the fourth time the comedy actor and stage performer has hosted the annual event, which honors achievements in American theatre.
The nominations were announced on April 30. The ceremony will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS on June 9 at 8 p.m. ET.
"I'm very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall," Harris said in a statement. "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!"
Harris, 39, most recently hosted the Tonys in 2012. The telecast was watched by a total of 6 million viewers -- which was down from the 2011 total of 6.9 million. Ratings were lower than those from previous years as well, marking the second-lowest-viewed Tony Awards telecast since 1988.
Harris enjoys a large fan following, especially among young people. The actor rose to fame playing a teenage doctor on the show "Doogie Howser, M.D." in the 1990s and currently plays Barney on the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." He has also guest-starred on the musical sitcom "Glee," another show popular with younger audiences.
Harris has also acted on Broadway, making his debut in 2002 with the drama play "Proof." He later had roles in revivals of the musical "Cabaret" and the play "Assassins." He also took part in a national tour of the musical "Rent" and directed a 2010 Los Angeles production of it that starred Vanessa Hudgens.
Harris and "Castle" star Nathan Fillion both starred in "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon's 2008 online musical "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." Whedon attended the unveiling of Harris' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
Harris currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner, David Burtka. The two are parents to twins and recently celebrated their ninth anniversary.