The Huffington Post reports: "Here's some cool news," Neil Patrick Harris tweeted yesterday evening, directing fans to the news that he will return as host of the Tony Awards this year.
His tweet linked to a New York Times footnote announcing that he will run the show for the third time. Harris first hosted the Tonys in 2009, and again in 2011, injecting new life into an awards show not typically followed by a TV audience.
His efforts in 2011 were mostly well-received -- the Los Angeles Times called the How I Met Your Mother star a "wickedly witty" host, in a show "sprinkled liberally with TV stars to keep mainstream audiences interested." The show roped in 6.9 million viewers, which, while not a big increase over the year previous, saw a 9% increase in younger audiences (the 18-49-year-old crowd).
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's Tony Awards,” Harris said in a statement. “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 5."
The Tony Award nominations will be announced on May 1 in a live webcast at the Tony Awards website. This awards will broadcast live on CBS from the Beacon Theater in New York on June 10 at 8/7c.
You can watch NPH's "Broadway’s not just for gays anymore" opening number at the 2011 Tony Awards here.