Hugh Jackman to Host 2014 Tony Awards
UPDATED: The Tony-winning actor will front New York theater's biggest night for the fourth time.
Hugh Jackman is returning as host of the Tony Awards.
The actor will lead the 68th annual Tony Awards, marking his fourth time as emcee of Broadway's biggest night. The ceremony will take place Sunday, June 8, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. CBS will broadcast the awards show from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.
Jackman previously hosted the Tonys for three consecutive years from 2003-05, winning an Emmy for leading the 2004 ceremony and receiving an Emmy nomination for his 2005 effort.
The actor announced the news Tuesday morning on Twitter with an enthusiastic tweet:
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 11, 2014
A beloved figure in the Broadway community, Jackman won the 2004 best actor in a musical Tony for The Boy From Oz, and most recently starred in the 2011 song-and-dance showcase, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. He also starred opposite Daniel Craig in the 2009 Broadway play A Steady Rain. His efforts to raise money and awareness for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS were recognized with a special Tony Award in 2012.
He was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for his role in the big-screen adaptation of the musical Les Miserables. Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hits theaters in May, and will play Blackbeard in Warner Bros.' Pan.
Nominations for the Tony Awards will be announced Tuesday, April 29, from New York City.
"We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards," said Jack Sussman, executive vp specials, music and live events at CBS Entertainment. "Hugh is the ultimate performer -- actor, singer and dancer -- he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you want out there hosting your live television event."
"We are excited 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 in a joint statement. "Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community -- whether he is onstage or in the audience -- and we are honored to have him back as host."
With this fourth stint at the mic, Jackman now matches another popular frequent host, Neil Patrick Harris, who notched his fourth turn at last year's Tonys. This year, however, Harris will be in the running for awards consideration, among contenders for lead actor in a musical for his role as an East German transgender rocker in the upcoming production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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