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Neil Patrick Harris to host Tonys for fourth time

The charismatic actor/singer/dancer returns to the stage awards show for the June 9 broadcast. Broadway lovers lick lips in anticipation.

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Everybody loves Neil Patrick Harris. And you’ll get a chance to love him live June 9, when the How I Met Your Mother superstar hosts the Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall.

Coming up on his fourth go-round with the awards show, Harris has now handily beaten Hugh Jackman’s three-time hosting record, and is on track to surpass even the Tonys-hosting all-time champ, Angela Lansbury, who has five hosting tours of duty.

And she’s still alive and kicking, y’all, so maybe she’ll pull a stunt like Jackman did at the 2012 Tonys, where he and Harris did a soft-shoe to the strains of the Annie Get Your Gun parody “Anything You Can Host, I Can Host Better.”

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Press and fans alike agree that NPH is pretty much the best host of anything, ever. Check out what the Los Angeles Times wrote about him in 2012: “A preternaturally talented performer who manages to project an everyman humility, Harris should probably host everything, including each year’s first joint session of Congress.”

Even the beloved-by-everyone Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn’t get that much press love for their well-regarded Golden Globes turn this year. And the less said about the response to Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar hosting the better.

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This year’s Tony Awards are particularly anticipated, as it’s been a hot year onstage, with Kinky Boots and Matilda both generating huge buzz. They were accordingly handed award noms: the Harvey Fierstein/Cyndi Lauper musical about a naughty shoe factory won a solid 13 nominations, while the musical based on the Roald Dahl book trailed just behind with 12.

If Kinky Boots picked up all its awards, it could be the all-time award winner: The 2001 stage version of The Producers won a record 12 in 2001.

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