Home Movies Hugh Jackman Coming Back to Host the Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t do it since he’ll likely be a nominee for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” So Hugh Jackman is back, June 8th, on CBS. He’ll be singing and dancing on the stage of Radio City Music Hall. The Tonys will need him this year more than ever. The crop of shows coming in is not that star-studded, nor is it very blockbustery. The big musicals so far are “Beautiful” and “Gentleman’s Guide.” The ones still to come include “Aladdin” and “Bullets Over Broadway.” Revivals include “Cabaret.” Jackman will offer added star power.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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