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Actor Hugh Jackman returning as Tony Awards host for fourth time

Published on Feb 12, 2014 5:52 AM
Hugh Jackman attends David Lynch Foundation Presents: Change Begins Within Benefit Gala at Conrad New York, on Dec 3, 2013 in New York City. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return to host the 68th annual Tony Awards, which honours the best of Broadway, organisers said on Tuesday.

It will be the fourth time Jackman will emcee the ceremony on Jun 8 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where it will be broadcast live on the CBS television network. He hosted the ceremony from 2003-2005 and picked up an Emmy award for his work on the 2004 show.

Jackman, 45, also won a Tony award the same year for his role in The Boy From Oz. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the presenters of the Tony awards, praised Jackman's versatility and showmanship.

"Hugh is an extraordinary talent and loyal supporter of the Broadway community - whether he is on-stage or in the audience - and we are honoured to have him back as host," Charlotte St Martin, executive director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing, said in a statement.

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