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Neil Patrick Harris Back for Fourth Turn as Tony Awards Host?

The news has not been officially confirmed, but theater community buzz indicates the return of Harris, an Emmy winner for two of his previous gigs as frontman of Broadway's big night.

Neil Patrick Harris at the 2012 Tony Awards
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NEW YORK – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That appears to be the thinking of CBS and the producers of the 2013 Tony Awards, if unconfirmed reports are true that Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the ceremony for the fourth time.

Harris previously emceed Broadway’s big night in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He won Primetime Emmys for two of those hosting gigs, with executive producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.

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Reps at Slate PR, which handles publicity for the Tony Awards, did not respond to an email request for confirmation. But word has been circulating in the theater community that Harris will once again front the show, which airs live June 9 from New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Speculation has been fueled by frequent sightings of the How I Met Your Mother star in the audience of Broadway shows in recent weeks, a good sign that Harris is gathering joke material.

Frontrunners for top awards at this year’s Tonys include Kinky Boots and Matilda for best musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Lucky Guy for best play, and Pippin and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for best musical revival.

An official announcement concerning the host of the 2013 ceremony is expected soon.

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