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People / Harris returning to host Tonys [Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)]

May 10, 2013

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Neil Patrick Harris will be back for his fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards.

The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the show that honors the best of Broadway, said Thursday the 67th annual awards will be broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9.

In a statement, Harris said he was excited to be back hosting the Tonys, adding: "The show will rock!"

Harris previously hosted the Tonys last year and in 2011 and 2009.

Last year's telecast at the intimate Beacon Theatre was seen by 6 million viewers, down significantly from 2011's 6.9 million.

The 39-year-old Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including "Assassins," "Proof," opposite Anne Heche, and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in "Cabaret." He currently stars as dapper ladies' man Barney Stinson on CBS' sitcom hit "How I Met Your Mother."

Smithsonian honors daytime TV

The Smithsonian Institution is adding relics from soap operas and game shows to its national entertainment collection to tell the story of daytime television.

On Thursday, actress Susan Lucci from TV's "All My Children" and Alex Trebek from "Jeopardy!" visited the National Museum of American History to donate objects from their shows. They were joined by the creators of "Barney" to show the range of daytime TV programs.

The new artifacts range from show scripts and props to original artwork. Lucci donated the pink gown and shoes she wore for a national magazine cover when she won an Emmy in 1999.

College honors 'Sugar Man'

Wayne State University had no idea that a folk hero was in its midst when the Detroit school awarded Sixto Rodriguez a philosophy degree in 1981.

Then again, Rodriguez had no idea about his fame, either.

The Motor City musician received a Doctor of Humane Letters on Thursday during the university's commencement ceremonies at Ford Field.

Rodriguez's two albums in the early 1970s received little attention in the United States, but he unknowingly developed a cult following in South Africa during the apartheid era. He was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, "Searching for Sugar Man."

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