Updated: Sun, 09 Jun 2013 23:00:00 GMT | By Bang

Neil Patrick Harris excited for 2013 Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris plans to 'jump through hoops' to make the 2013 Tony Awards tonight (09.06.13) the most entertaining yet and says the show will have a lot of 'fun surprises.'


Neil Patrick Harris plans to 'jump through hoops' to make the 2013 Tony Awards tonight (© 09.06.13)

Neil Patrick Harris plans to 'jump through hoops' to make the 2013 Tony Awards tonight (09.06.13) the most entertaining yet and says the show will have a lot of 'fun surprises.'

Neil Patrick Harris plans to ''jump through hoops'' to make the 2013 Tony Awards tonight (09.06.13) the most entertaining yet.

The 'How I Met Your Mother' star, who is presenting the ceremony at New York City's Radio City Music Hall for the fourth time, urged fans to tune into the 67th annual show, which recognises excellence in Broadway theatre, because there will be a lot of ''fun surprises.''

The 39-year-old actor expressed his excitement ahead of the awards on Twitter on Saturday (08.06.13), writing: ''Please watch @TheTonyAwards tomorrow. Everyone works so hard on Broadway. I'm jumping through hoops to assure a good night. #OneDayMore''

He also told CBS news: ''It'll be bigger than last year. Without spoiling anything, we have some fun surprises throughout the show really. But beyond what I do, the show is really about getting to watch all of the shows that are currently performing on the Big White Way. And so uh [catches himself]...the Big White Way? It's something like that. It's big, it's great and it's white. So we're excited to be watching all of Broadway this year.''

'Kinky Boots', which features the music of pop singer Cyndi Lauper, leads the nominations and is up for 13 awards, including top musical.

'Matilda', which follows a 5-year-old girl who discovers she has telekinetic abilities, is nominated in 12 categories, while two-time Oscar winner and 'Lucky Guy' star Tom Hanks is up for his first Tony in the lead-actor category.

The 2013 Tony awards full nominations are as follows:

Best Play

'The Assembled Parties' by Richard Greenberg

'Lucky Guy' by Nora Ephron

'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Toibin

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' by Christopher Durang

Best Musical

'Bring It On, The Musical'

'Christmas Story, The Musical'

'Kinky Boots, The Musical'

'Matilda, The Musical'

Best book of a musical

'A Christmas Story, The Musical', Joseph Robinette

'Kinky Boots', Harvey Fierstein

'Matilda, The Musical', Dennis Kelly

'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella', Douglas Carter Beane

Best Revival of a Play

'Golden Boy'

'Orphans'

'The Trip to Bountiful'

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Best Revival of a Musical

'Annie'

'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

'Pippin'

'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

'A Christmas Story, The Musical' Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

'Hands on a Hardbody' Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green

'Kinky Boots' Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

'Matilda The Musical' Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tom Hanks, 'Lucky Guy'

Nathan Lane, 'The Nance'

Tracy Letts, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

David Hyde Pierce, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Tom Sturridge, 'Orphan'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, 'The Other Place'

Amy Morton , 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Kristine Nielsen, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Holland Taylor, 'Ann'

Cicely Tyson, 'The Trip to Bountiful'

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Bertie Carvel, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Santino Fontana, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Rob McClure, 'Chaplin'

Billy Porter, 'Kinky Boots'

Stark Sands, 'Kinky Boots'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Carolee Carmello, 'Scandalous'

Valisia LeKae, 'Motown The Musical'

Patina Miller, 'Pippin'

Laura Osnes, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Danny Burstein, 'Golden Boy'

Richard Kind, 'The Big Knife'

Billy Magnussen, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Tony Shalhoub, 'Golden Boy'

Courtney B. Vance, 'Lucky Guy'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Carrie Coon, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Shalita Grant, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Judith Ivey, 'The Heiress'

Judith Light, 'The Assembled Parties'

Condola Rashad, 'The Trip to Bountiful'

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Charl Brown, 'Motown, The Musical'

Keith Carradine, 'Hands on a Hardbody'

Will Chase, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Gabriel Ebert, 'Matilda The Musical'

Terrence Mann, 'Pippin'

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Annaleigh Ashford, 'Kinky Boots'

Victoria Clark, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Andrea Martin, 'Pippin'

Keala Settle, 'Hands on a Hardbody'

Lauren Ward, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, 'The Nance'

Santo Loquasto, 'The Assembled Parties'

David Rockwell, 'Lucky Guy'

Michael Yeargan, 'Golden Boy'

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Anna Louizos, ''The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Scott Pask, 'Pippin'

David Rockwell, 'Kinky Boots'

Best Costume Design of a Play

Soutra Gilmour, 'Cyrano de Bergerac'

Ann Roth, 'The Nance'

Albert Wolsky, 'The Heiress'

Catherine Zuber, 'Golden Boy'

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes, 'Kinky Boots'

Rob Howell, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Dominique Lemieux, 'Pippin'

William Ivey Long, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, 'Lucky Guy'

Donald Holder, 'Golden Boy'

Jennifer Tipton, 'The Testament of Mary'

Japhy Weideman, 'The Nance'

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kenneth Posner, 'Kinky Boots'

Kenneth Posner, 'Pippin'

Kenneth Posner, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Hugh Vanstone, 'Matilda The Musical'

Best Sound Design of a Play

John Gromada, 'The Trip to Bountiful'

Mel Mercier, 'The Testament of Mary'

Leon Rothenberg, 'The Nance'

Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, 'Golden Boy'

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, 'Pippin'

Peter Hylenski, 'Motown The Musical'

John Shivers, 'Kinky Boots'

Nevin Steinberg, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Best Direction of a Play

Pam MacKinnon, 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

Nicholas Martin, 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Bartlett Sher, 'Golden Boy'

George C. Wolfe, 'Lucky Guy'

Best Direction of a Musical

Scott Ellis, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Jerry Mitchell, 'Kinky Boots'

Diane Paulus, 'Pippin'

Matthew Warchus, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, 'Bring It On: The Musical'

Peter Darling, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Jerry Mitchell, 'Kinky Boots'

Chet Walker, 'Pippin'

Best Orchestrations

Chris Nightingale, 'Matilda, The Musical'

Stephen Oremus, 'Kinky Boots'

Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, 'Motown The Musical'

Danny Troob, 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella'

Recipients of Awards and Honours in Non-competitive Categories

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Bernard Gersten

Paul Libin

Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Career Transition For Dancers

William Craver

Peter Lawrence

The Lost Colony

The four actresses who created the title role of 'Matilda, The Musical' on Broadway - Sophia

Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

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