Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host Tonys

As Broadway undergoes its annual spring boom and nimbly sidesteps the recession, the Great White Way just filled its hosting duties for theater’s biggest night. How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2009 Tony Awards on June 7. Harris’ theater credits in Rent and Cabaret make him more than qualified—or at least more qualified than James Gandolfini, who was the rumored host earlier this week. A number of TV and film stars have taken to the theater stage this year—Gandolfini, Geoffrey Rush, Jeff Daniels, Jane Fonda, and Hope Davis are all nominated in the leading actor and actress categories—and with Elton John and Dolly Parton nominated for Billy Elliot: The Musical and 9 to 5: The Musical, the night will presumably be an A-list affair.