The boy from Oz is back: Hugh Jackman will host the Tony Awards for the fourth time, he announced Tuesday.
“I couldn’t wait another minute. I wanted you to be the first to know,” said Jackman, 45. “This year, I am going to be hosting the Tony Awards.”
“See you then!” he added, blowing a kiss.
The Les Misérables actor will take the spotlight June 8, when the 68th Annual Tony Awards airs live from Radio Music Hall on CBS. We doubt Jackman is facing stage fright: He hosted the awards show three times in a row from 2004-2006, even winning an Emmy his second time around.
Jackman burst onto Broadway in 2003’s The Boy from Oz, snagging a Tony for his performance as flashy showman Peter Allen. He continued with A Steady Rain in 2009 and a one-man show in 2011, but it’s been a while since he graced the Great White Way. That’s about to change – Jackman landed a role in the upcoming play The River.
“We’re thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards,” CBS Entertainment executive Jack Sussman said in a statement. “He’s the ultimate triple threat – actor, singer, dancer – he does it all, second to none.”