Rialto Chatter: Neil Patrick Harris Says He's Not Hosting Tonys This Year?
Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, who will soon return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is known to the theatre community as Tonys Host Extraordinaire, having hosted the ceremony a whopping four times. Harris was just honored at the Drama League's Winter Gala, and according to the New York Post, he revealed there that because of his Broadway commitments, he won't return to his hosting gig in 2014. He commented: "Because of 'Hedwig,' I can't emcee the Tonys. But I can now be home with our two kids. Family for me is very important." Good news- there is still plenty of time for him to change his mind!
Previously, Harris served as the host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. In 2012-13 Harris also acted as a producer.
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Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Barney Stinson in the hit CBS television series "How I Met Your Mother," a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Harris is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his guest-starring role on "Glee" and as host of the 2009 and 2011 Tony Awards. Prior to hosting the Tonys and Primetime Emmy Awards, Harris served as host of the 2008 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
From his film debut opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Clara's Heart and his seminal role as the beloved titular character in "Doogie Howser, M.D.," to his roles in the Harold & Kumar and The Smurfs films, Harris has enjoyed a successful career spanning more than 25 years in the industry.
In addition to his numerous film and television credits, Harris has also enjoyed success in the theater. His many theatrical credits include the dual role of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning production ofAssassins, as well as acclaimed performances in the Broadway productions of Cabaret and Proof. He made his musical directorial debut with a production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl.