The starry evening will mark Jackman’s fourth time hosting the Tony Awards. He previously hosted the 57th, 58th and 59th Annual Tony Awards (2004-2006). Jackman received an Emmy Award for hosting the 58th Annual Tony Awards in the category of Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
“We are thrilled that Hugh will be joining us, once again, at Radio City Music Hall to host ‘The 68th Annual Tony Awards,’ said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing, in a joint statement. “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.”
“A great Broadway season + great host = a must watch live televised event,” added Tony Awards executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards,” stated Jack Sussman, executive vice president, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “He’s the ultimate triple threat – actor, singer, dancer – he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you ultimately want out there hosting your live television event.”
Hugh Jackman won a Tony Award for his performance in The Boy from Oz, and he was also seen opposite Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain. He returned to Broadway in 2011 in his one-man show Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. Although the show ran only until the end of that year, Jackman’s continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a humanitarian. Kirshner and Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the upcoming Tony Awards, and Weiss will serve as director for the 15th consecutive year.