Neil Patrick Harris to Skip Hosting the Tonys This Year

Four-time Tony Award host Neil Patrick Harris will not be heading up Broadway’s biggest night this year. According to an interview in the New York Post, Harris will be too busy starring in a revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to preside at the ceremony where the best of Broadway is honored. After being honored at the Drama League’s Winter Gala, he told the Post’s Cindy Adams, “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.”

Neil Patrick Harris at the 2012 Tony Awards (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Who will take Harris’s place as Tony host this year? (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Harris is currently starring on the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as the womanizing Barney Stinson and first gained fame as the title character in ABC’s Doogie Howser, M.D., a kid with a genius-level I.Q. and a medical degree. He has previously appeared on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Proof and Cabaret. He’s won three Emmy Awards for a guest appearance on Glee and his hosting stints at the 63rd and 65th Tony Awards. He also hosted the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards as well as the 66th and 67th Tonys. Only Angela Lansbury has hosted the Tonys more times than Harris. She has acted as emcee five times—in 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

Hedwig, which previously played Off-Broadway, will begin previews March 29 at the Belasco Theatre with an April 22 opening for a limited engagement.

The Tony Awards will be held on June 8, 2014 at Radio City Music Hall.