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Neil Patrick Harris is favorite to win Tony Award for Hedwig and Angry Inch

Neil Patrick Harris is favorite to win Tony Award for Hedwig and Angry Inch

Neil Patrick Harris has been the toast of the Tony Awards in the past as the singing and dancing host of Broadway’s biggest night.

But on Sunday (8 June), it will be Hugh Jackman hosting and Harris will be in the audience as a nominee.

The consensus among pundits is that he can look forward to becoming a first-time Tony winner for his performance as a transsexual punk rock singer in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The competition for Harris is: Ramin Karimloo in Les Miserables; Andy Karl in Rocky; Jefferson Mays in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; and Bryce Pinkham in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

‘The biggest obstacle facing any of these men is the immense popularity of Harris, whose voice, humor and charm are on full display in Hedwig,’ write The Hollywood Reporter’s awards guru Scott Feinberg.

Feinberg’s colleague David Rooney more than concurs: ‘After four acclaimed stints as host of the Tony Awards, Harris is a bonafide Broadway darling. But to attribute his front-runner status here to goodwill would be to diminish the dangerous energy, the subversive humor and the shabby dignity that he pours into the glam-rock goddess. … Harris’ Hedwig has her freak flag planted all over this award, and rightly so.’

Entertainment Weekly critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier: ‘Look for Neil Patrick Harris to win — in part to recognize all his contributions to Broadway and the Tony Awards over the last decade.’

Harris is already on an awards season roll for Hedwig. He has won the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, as well as the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award.

At Sunday (2 June) night’s Drama Deslk Awards, Harris paid public tribute to fiance David Burtka.

‘We’ve been together for over ten years and when we first met I was doing a show, Cabaret, and he was Tulsa in Gypsy. We were both doing shows at the same time and my path has led us mostly to Los Angeles and it has sort of uprooted him from what he had been doing. So, thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do.’

Harris added: ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’