Neil Patrick Harris, who has won three Emmy Awards for hosting the Tony Awards in the past, won't be back to emcee the 2014 ceremony. Instead, he'll hopefully be on hand as a nominee for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Harris told columnist Cindy Adams that he can't host this year because of his gig as transsexual rocker Hedwig, although many Tony hosts in the past have headlined the ceremony while also starring on Broadway (Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick quickly come to mind).
If nominated, Harris will be celebrating his first Tony nod. It's a stiff race—other possible nominees in the five slots include Eric Anderson (Soul Doctor), Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), Andy Karl (Rocky), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and Will Swenson (Les Miserables).
Somehow, we think we'll be seeing NPH at the Tonys one way or another.