Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris is confirmed to host this year's Tony Awards for a fourth time. After previously emceeing the prestigious event in 2009 as well as the last two years, the openly gay actor says that he is very excited to be an integral part of the show again.
"I'm very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It'll be more impressive than ever - if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year," Neil says. "Oh, wait. No, that can't... hold on... carry the one... I'm awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!"
"We are thrilled that Neil will be joining us, once again, at Radio City Music Hall to host the 67th annual Tony Awards," says Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, in a joint statement with Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing.
He continues, "Neil's creativity and passion for Broadway shines through when he is on the stage and off - and we cannot wait to see what surprises Neil will have up his sleeves!"
Best known for his role of Barney Stinson on "How I Met Your Mother", Neil has acted in Broadway plays several times. The 39-year-old actor starred in 2002's "Proof" as Hal, 2003's "Cabaret" as the Emcee and 2004's "Assassins" as Lee Harvey Oswald.
Broadcast live on CBS, the 2013 Tony Awards will take place on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Broadway newcomers Tom Hanks and Cyndi Lauper receive one nomination each at the awards show.
"Kinky Boots" about a real-life struggling shoe factory leads with a total of 13 nominations. Roald Dahl's novel-adapted "Matilda The Musical", meanwhile, earns 12 nods. The two plays are up for best musical, best musical actor and best musical actress among other titles.