Hugh Jackman Will Host The 2014 Tony Awards
He’s got one night only! While the spring season on Broadway begins to kick into full swing, many in the theatre community are already looking ahead to The Tony Awards with excitement! From wondering who will be nominated to who will be the host for the evening, many details regarding the 2014 ceremony have not been released yet as many productions haven’t even begun their run on Broadway yet. However, in the cold of winter, The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League managed to warm the hearts of many theatre people as they proudly announced their host for the 2014 ceremony. A name many of us know, a person many of us love and a man who truly loves Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Hugh Jackman will host The 2014 Tony Awards live from Radio City Music Hall!
Tony and Emmy Award winner Hugh Jackman has officially announced that he will host the 2014 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall later this year. The awards ceremony is set to take place on June 8th, 2014 at 8 PM and will be aired on CBS. Hugh Jackman. This will mark Hugh Jackman’s fourth time hosting the Tony Awards having previously hosted the ceremony in 2004, 2005 and 2006 as well.
The only other person who has ever hosted The Tony Awards four times is Neil Patrick Harris who has decided to step aside this year considering the fact that he will be involved in a Broadway production, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hugh Jackman is no jokes when it comes to hosting this ceremony. He has performed multiple live numbers and he even won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his hosting job of the 2005 Awards. Despite not hosting in previous years, he has managed to make appearances suggesting he return to the stage as host.
Charlotte St. Martin (Pictured Right), executive director of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens (Pictured Right), executive director of the American Theatre Wing made a join announcement regarding the decision.
“We are thrilled that Hugh will be joining us, once again, at Radio City Music Hall to host ‘The 68th Annual Tony Awards. Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community – whether he is on-stage or in the audience – and we are honored to have him back as host.”
Glenn Weiss, one of the Tony Award winning executive producers for the Tony Awards and host also expressed his excitement in a statement.
“A great Broadway season + great host = a must watch live televised event.”
Both Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return to produce The Tony Awards again this year. Weiss will direct once again making it his 15th consecutive year.
Hugh Jackman is no stranger to the Broadway community. He is a Tony Award winner for his performance in The Boy From Oz. He has also been seen on Broadway in A Steady Rain opposite Daniel Craig. Hugh Jackman returned to Broadway in 2011 with his solo show, Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway. The show was a limited engagement at The Broadhurst Theatre on 44th street which managed to break several box office records during it’s time there. In 2012, Jackman received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a humanitarian.
Luner on Theatre could not be more thrilled that Hugh Jackman is returning as host to The Tony Awards for 2014! Jackman is hands down one of the greatest talents currently alive who is able to perform both on and off the stage. His previous hosting gigs were some of the very first ones to make The Tony Awards big and better than they had ever been before. His rendition of One Night Only that kicked off the ceremony many years ago still ranks as one of the Best Tony Awards Openings (In Our Mind). Jackman paved the way for Neil Patrick Harris who has done incredible work over the past few years bringing in more viewers and bringing to life some of the best musical numbers and joke portions of the show in history! We entirely support Neil Patrick Harris in his desire to step aside this year as he will be involved with Hedwig and the Angry Inch. While it is fun to have a nominee as host, it is usually more awkward than anything. Especially when we get to their award and they do not win. Hugh Jackman will only build on a legacy he started which NPH has skyrocketed in recent years. I can only wait to see what he will do come Broadway’s biggest and best night! Welcome back Hugh! We’ve missed you!
With the announcement of Hugh Jackman as host, Luner on Theatre is officially deeming this the kick off to our 2014 Tony Time series! We bring you many articles leading up the The Tony Awards each year featuring articles, nominee’s designs, announcements and so much more leading up to Broadway’s biggest and best night. We couldn’t be happier to be kicking off news with an announcement like this! Visit Luner on Theatre’s Tony Time Page for all our Tony Awards Coverage. For more information, check out The Tony Awards Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!