Neil Patrick Harris named 2012 Tony Awards host

NEW YORK

The "How I Met Your Mother" star and stage veteran will return to Manhattan's Beacon Theatre for the ceremony honoring Broadway's best on June 10.

In a statement, the Harris said he was thrilled to host again. "Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show - or five!"

Harris hosted the Tony's last year and in 2009 - the same year he hosted the Emmy Awards. He will also serve as a producer of the award show.

The 38-year-old actor has starred in three Broadway productions, including "Assassins," "Proof," opposite Anne Heche, and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in "Cabaret."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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