Hugh Jackman to Take Over Tony Hosting Gig From Neil Patrick Harris
Tony and Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman will be returning as host of the 68th Tony Awards this year, when the best of Broadway is honored at Radio City Music Hall on June 8. This will be Jackman’s fourth stint as the Tony host, having acted as emcee for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 award ceremonies. He won an Emmy Award for his hosting duties for the 2004 Tonys and also hosted the Oscars in 2009.
Neil Patrick Harris, another Emmy-winning Tony host, had recently announced he would be unable to repeat his emcee duties because of scheduling conflicting with his upcoming Broadway rehearsals and performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. With this upcoming stint, Jackman will tie Harris for the number of times they’ve Tony-hosted at four a piece. Only Angela Lansbury has done the job more times, with five top Tony gigs in 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988 and 1989.
“We are thrilled that Hugh will be joining us, once again, at Radio City Music Hall to host ‘The 68th Annual Tony Awards,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing. “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.”
“A great Broadway season + great host = a must watch live televised event,” said Tony Awards executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. “He’s the ultimate triple threat – actor, singer, dancer – he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you ultimately want out there hosting your live television event.”
Jackman is popular in films for his work as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise (the latest X:Men: Days of Future Past will be released on May 23 just before the Tonys). He’s also become one of the most successful stars on Broadway. In addition to winning a Tony for his performance as the late Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz, his concert Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway brought in $14.6 million in a ten-week run. When he co-starred with Daniel Craig in the two-character play A Steady Rain, it grossed $15.2 million in 13 weeks. He is scheduled to return to Broadway in The River by Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) during the 2014-15 season.