Regular viewers of the Tony Awards have gotten used to seeing Neil Patrick Harris host the ceremony, with the "How I Met Your Mother" actor and onetime "Doogie Howser, M.D." star hosting four of the past five Tonys — including the past three. But his streak will be broken this year, with another frequent Tonys host, Hugh Jackman, returning to the job.
EW.com’s Inside TV reports that Jackman will be hosting for the fourth time, having previously hosted from 2003-2005 and winning an Emmy for his 2004 telecast.
Jackman also is a Tony winner himself, receiving the award in 2004 for his role in “The Boy from Oz.” His last Broadway appearance was in 2011’s “Hugh Jackman — Back on Broadway,” although he’s slated to return in 2015 for “The River.”
In a statement, Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, said: “Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community — whether he is on-stage or in the audience — and we are honored to have him back as host."
The 68th Tony Awards are set for June 8, 2014, with CBS carrying the ceremony live.