Three-time Tony host Hugh Jackman will be back on emcee duty for the 68th Tony Awards on June 8 on CBS after a five-year break. Jackman served as host from 2003-2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 stint at the 58th annual ceremony and another Emmy nomination for his 2005 appearance. Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris, who presided over the show in four of the past five years, have been the most popular Tony hosts. Both have branched out, with Jackman making a well-received turn as Oscar host and Harris getting strong reviews for his two stints as host of the Primetime Emmys. “Hugh is the ultimate performer — actor, singer and dancer — he does it all, second to none,” said CBS’ Jack Sussman. Added Charlotte St. Martin of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens of the American Theatre Wing: “Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community – whether he is onstage or in the audience.” Jackman and Harris will now have both hosted the Broadway awards show four times — so they’re probably due for another sing-off (see the video of their 2011 co-appearance below):
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