Hugh Jackman to Host 2014 Tony Awards


Hugh Jackman to Host 2014 Tony Awards


Move over, Neil Patrick Harris, because Broadway's biggest event of the year just got a little bit Hugh-ger. That's right, folks — Hugh Jackman has officially signed on to host the 2014 Tony Awards, marking his fourth time at the theatrical helm.

The actor announced the exciting news himself, via Twitter, earlier today with an enthusiastic message. "Couldn't wait another minute," Jackman remarked while also including a link to a special Instagram video, where he went into more specifics.

Jackman previously hosted the Tonys for three consecutive years from 2003-2005, winning an Emmy Award for his work in 2004 and earning a nomination the following year.

But hosting duties aside, the Hollywood star is no stranger to dabbling in the arts himself, having won the 2004 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for 'The Boy From Oz.' He most recently appeared on Broadway in 'Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway' in 2011 and starred in the 2009 Broadway play 'A Steady Rain.'

And, of course, who could forget his Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning performance in the big-screen adaptation of 'Les Miserables.' So yeah, he's pretty much a triple threat in the biz. And the Tony higher-ups seem to agree.

“We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS Entertainment, in a release. “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.”

The 68th annual Tony Awards will take place Sunday, June 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, starting at 8/7c on CBS.

And just in case you have any lingering doubts about Jackman's hosting capabilities, check out his 2004 Tony Award opening intro below:

- Tony Awards
- Hugh Jackman

Written by: Kelly_Schremph
Feb 11th, 2014, 1:24 pm

Images courtesy of Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images