May 10, 2011 / 7:19 PM / 8 years ago

Neil Patrick Harris returns to host Tony Awards

Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks during the 63rd annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the Tony Awards in June for the second time, organizers of the ceremony that honors the best shows on Broadway said on Tuesday.

Harris, the Emmy-winning star of TV comedy “How I Met Your Mother,” said he was “honored and stoked” to be returning after first hosting the Tony Awards in 2009.

Harris got in an early joke about the expensive, accident plagued new Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which is currently closed for a major revamp.

“We’ve got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises, and since they’re closed for retooling, we’re using all the rigging equipment from ‘Spider-Man.’ What could possibly go wrong?” Harris said in a statement.

Irreverent musical “The Book of Mormon” from the creators of television satire “South Park,” is a front-runner at the 2011 Tony Awards, with 14 nominations. The musical “The Scottsboro Boys” about race relations in the 1930s is second with 12, and the revival of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” has nine.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from New York on CBS television on June 12.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Zorianna Kit

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