In what is sure to be the least surprising bit of news you’ll read all day, Neil Patrick Harris is set to host this year’s Tony Awards, his fourth year in a row. The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League confirmed the news this morning in a press release:
“I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It’ll be more impressive than ever—if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year,” said Neil Patrick Harris. “Oh, wait. No, that can’t… hold on… carry the one… I’m awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!”
Expect Harris to open the show with a song and dance and expect more people to watch in on YouTube the day after than live on television.
Harris is always a charismatic host, but it’s a fairly boring move from CBS, which airs the awards show, to chose the star of one of its hit shows to host an award show for four straight years. However, How I Met Your Mother will finally come to an end next year, which means maybe someone else will get a shot next year.
Among the nominees this year are Tom Hanks, America’s most trusted source for everything, Nathan Lane and Tony Shalhoub. Kinky Boots and Matilda The Musical lead the nominations with 13 and 12 nominations, respectively.