Jackman, a Tony-winner for “The Boy From Oz,” takes over from Neil Patrick Harris, who has served as emcee for the past three shows. This year’s show will be broadcast live on CBS from the Radio City Music Hall on June 8 and if Sarah Jessica Parker is in the audience, she probably should wear her dancing shoes in anticipation of being asked up on stage.
Jackman previously hosted the 57th, 58th, and 59th Annual Tony Awards (2004-2006), winning an Emmy Award for hosting. He also anchored a well-received Oscars show as host in 2009. He can sing and crack wise with the best of them.
In addition to “The Boy From Oz,” Jackman starred on stage in “Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway” and opposite Daniel Craig in “A Steady Rain.” He will next be seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and in “Pan.”
Jackman is a popular attraction on Broadway, which explains his selection. Harris may not host this installment, but he could find himself invited as a nominee. This spring, the “How I Met Your Mother” actor is headlining a revival of “Hedwig and the Angry Itch.”