Neil Patrick Harris to host 2011 Tony Awards, after hosting the show in 2009

By on May 11, 2011 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Television, United States Comments

Updated: June 13, 2011 11:37 a.m.

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Neil Patrick Harris hosting
the 2009 Tony Awards

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The New York Times

Neil Patrick Harris was officially named to be the host of the upcoming 2011 Tony Awards, which will be held at the Beacon Theater in New York City on June 12, 2011.

The 65th annual Tony Awards will be aired live at CBS, with Al Pacino and the play “The Book of Mormon” leading the nominations, as announced early this month.

“I’m honored and stoked to have been asked to host the 2011 Tony Awards,” Neil Patrick Harris was quoted as saying at Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday, May 10.

“It should be a great show – we’ve got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises and since they’re closed for retooling, we’re using all the rigging equipment from Spider-Man. What could possibly go wrong?” Harris added.

Neil Patrick Harris, 37, also hosted the 63rd annual Tony Awards back in June 2009, where he won the Creative Arts Emmy award in 2010.

Harris, who was known for the title role in ABC’s Doogie Howser, M.D. for four seasons, where he played a 16-year old doctor, from 1989 to 1993, also landed a role at CBS’ comedy show “How I Met Your Mother”.

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