The 72 annual award show celebrating Broadway will bring together Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban
The Tony awards are very prestigious for the theater community, more specifically the Broadway community. The nominations for this year’s awards will come out on May 1, 2018, announced by Katharine McPhee (Waitress) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) The cut off to be considered for a nomination is April 26, 2018; any show that opens after this date will be considered for next year’s ceremony.
Sara Bareilles starred in the role of Jenna in Waitress twice and was a 2016 Tony nominee for writing the music, as well as, the lyrics for the musical. Writing for a musical is something new for the acclaimed singer-songwriter.
In a release from CBS, Bareilles shares:
“The theater has completely transformed my life in every way possible. I have never felt more embraced and encouraged by a professional community, and I am so grateful for that. I feel incredibly lucky to get to spend an evening celebrating and applauding this outstanding collective of artists, friends, collaborators and creatives. It is my great honor to join my friend Josh Groban in hosting the Tonys this year, and use the opportunity to simply say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to this wonderful community...in high heels, with jokes.”
Josh Gorban, another performer who has made a career as a concert singer, has several albums and tours and was also on Broadway. Groban was seen as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 from the time of opening, until he left in July 2017. Groban had a Tony nomination last year for his role in the production.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) April 18, 2018
"I am humbled and ecstatic to be co-hosting the Tony Awards this year with such a brilliant artist and wonderful friend, Sara Bareilles. The dedication and inspiration surrounding live theater gave me my life path as a young kid, and the warmth and support of the Broadway community has been the highlight of my career," said Josh Groban. "So to be at the helm of a night celebrating the best of that theater with a person I just laugh way too much with, is beyond words. But I will have words on Tony night! The best words! I look forward to flailing about in front of my peers. It will be with all the love and respect in the world for the room we're lucky enough to be in."
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