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Neil Patrick Harris to Host Tony Awards

CBS has tapped “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris to host the 63rd annual Tony Awards.

It's the first time Mr. Harris will emcee the theater industry's big night. He joins Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell on the list of famous folks who've tried—largely without success—to boost ratings for the low-rated event.

Mr. Harris recently won strong reviews for hosting “The TV Land Awards,” which honors classic TV programming.

“The discipline of live theater—doing the same perfect thing night after night, eight times a week—never ceases to amaze me,” Mr. Harris said. “I'm truly honored to have been chosen as the master of ceremonies for this year's Tony Awards, and I hope to help provide a first-class evening for all.”

In addition to “HIMYM,” Mr. Harris is known for his performances in “Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog” and the “Harold and Kumar” film franchise. His theatrical turns include the dual role of the Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning production of “Assassins,” as well as acclaimed performances in the Broadway productions of “Cabaret” and “Proof.”

This year's Tonys, which will originate from New York's Radio City Music Hall, will be broadcast Sunday, June 7, from 8-11 p.m.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the show. Mr. Weiss will direct.