Will Porgy and Bess star Audra McDonald win her fifth Tony Award and Death of a Salesman director Mike Nichols accept his ninth? Will Smash star Christian Borle upset Amazing Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield in the featured actor in a play category? And which movie-based stage musical — Once or Newsies — will take Broadway’s top prize? More importantly, will host Neil Patrick Harris persuade special Tony winner Hugh Jackman to join him for another song-and-dance duel as spectacular as the one they performed last year? Join Laura Hertzfeld and me this Sunday for EW.com’s annual live blog of the Tonys, beginning at 8 p.m. EST. We’ll have reports from EW’s stage gurus Marc Snetiker and Melissa Rose Bernardo on the red carpet, in the press room, and around the auditorium of the Beacon Theatre. READ FULL STORY
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You don’t need to look very hard to find Neil Patrick Harris these days. The actor-slash-singer-slash-magician has hosted the Emmys, performed at the Oscars, and even headlined the World Magic Awards, which apparently are an actual thing. But despite his menagerie of ceremonial credits, the consummate entertainer admits that it’s the Tony Awards — which Harris is hosting for the third time on Sunday, June 10, on CBS — that hold the dearest spot in his heart.
“I think the celebratory tone of it makes it my favorite show to host,” says Harris, who previously celebrated Broadway’s biggest night with successful hosting gigs in 2009 and 2011. “In the Emmys and in observing the Oscars, it’s a bunch of individuals that hardly know each other that all work in their own business bubbles, and I think the opposite is true on Broadway. Most everyone is a) thrilled to be there, b) even more thrilled to be nominated but c) and I think most importantly, they all know and are supportive of each other, so you end up with this great evening where it’s not a lot of sour grapes.”
With last year’s Book of Mormon-dominated telecast dabbling in irreverence, this year’s ceremony should be noticeably more family-oriented, thanks in no small part to the heavy presence of a solid handful of mainstream plays representing one of the medium’s best seasons in recent memory. Despite powerful performances, plays typically tend to get short shrift at the musical-focused Tonys — a foregone conclusion of the ceremony that Harris hopes to change this year. READ FULL STORY
As a veteran host of both the Tonys and the Emmys, and with plenty of support last fall when the Oscar hosting job was up for grabs, Neil Patrick Harris can do little more to establish his claim to the title King of Award Shows. (The Muppets even had a reference to his reign as the host with the most!) But he is out to prove one thing as he promotes his next hosting gig: That the Tony statuette can produce just as many jokes as Mr. Oscar.
The How I Met Your Mother star is set to host the Tony Awards for the third time, airing live on CBS on Sunday, June 10.
Just in case you can’t remember that date, just watch the video below, which strings together bunch of ads for the show. After hearing “June 10” over 15 times, you better remember when you can tune into for this year’s celebration of
NPH Broadway. READ FULL STORY
Fresh off the news that Neil Patrick Harris will return as a third-time Tony host, the awards show has made another big-name announcement: Broadway babes Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons will announce the nominees for this year’s telecast.
Though Chenoweth and Parsons headline GCB and The Big Bang Theory, respectively, the two are no strangers to the theater. Chenoweth picked up a Tony in 1999 for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and originated the role of Glinda in Wicked, while Parsons has made the rounds in the 2011 revival of Normal Heart and the upcoming revival of Harvey. READ FULL STORY
Break out your spangly tuxes and commemorative Doogie Howser lunchboxes: Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards for the third time in June. And if it’s anything like his previous hosting stints, this one’s going to be legen… Well, you know.
NPH’s opening and closing songs have been the best thing about two recent Tonys telecasts. READ FULL STORY
To be fair, Neil Patrick Harris already had a bit of an unfair advantage going in to today’s episode of The Price Is Right. Not only does the universally beloved star have daytime television experience (sorry, Snoop), but before his appearance for Celebrity Charity Week, NPH already got to hear those magic words “Come on down!” Well, technically, it was Barney Stinson who became the single greatest player in the history of the “original” Price Is Right after he won everything (including some sweet gifts for Marshall and Lily’s wedding) and met his “dad,” then-host Bob Barker. It was… well, you know.
So things were a little bit different this time around for the How I Met Your Mother actor. Though he did suit up for the occasion, Harris — who was playing for breast-cancer research organization the Noreen Fraser Foundation — served as something of a cohost to Drew Carey and helped his fellow contestants (a very un-Barney-like strategy) snag some most excellent prizes ($10,000!, a new car!), including the episode’s eventual champ Adam, by knowing things like the price for a cupcake maker and having an excellent strategy for the frustrating game Gas Money. READ FULL STORY
I walked into The Muppets this weekend completely unsure of what to expect. For the past few weeks — save EW’s cover story (woo for self promotion) — I’d generally avoided any and all stories, blurbs, and clips that threatened to spoil the movie and its surprises for me. When I’m excited about a movie — and, if I’m being honest, there aren’t that many I get excited about every year — there is no greater sin than spoiling it for me. (TV is, obviously, a different story.)
My patience was rewarded this weekend when I walked into the unspoiled glory of The Muppets and was treated to a number of great cameos, including one from [Spoiler alert, obviously...] READ FULL STORY
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