Neil Patrick Harris to host Tony Awards

2012-04-04 15:26

New York -  Neil Patrick Harris will be back for his third turn hosting the Tony Awards.

Producers of the show announced on Tuesday that the star of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and a stage veteran would be back at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre for the ceremony honouring Broadway's best. It will be broadcast on CBS on June 10.

Harris hosted the Tonys last year and in 2009 - the same year he hosted the Emmy Awards. As he did in 2011, Harris will also serve as a producer.

In a statement, Harris said he was thrilled. "Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show - or five!"

The 38-year-old Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including Assassins, Proof and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in Cabaret.

Last year's Tony telecast was seen by 6.9 million viewers.