Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban are hosting the 2018 Tony Awards, per a press release issued Wednesday by the ceremony's producers. The two music stars will share the stage when the 72nd Tonys are handed out at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8; the ceremony will be broadcast nationwide at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
This is a rather brilliant bit of casting for the Tonys. Though both well-known to music fans, both Bareilles and Groban have also made their mark as actors, particularly in the theater community. Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Waitress," adapted from the film of the same name, and earned herself a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score. She also starred in the production's leading role, and earlier this month, portrayed the female lead of Mary Magdalene in NBC's live production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." You can watch one of her musical numbers from that show by playing the video above.
Groban has an equally high-profile stage career. He impressed as one of the leads in "Chess In Concert," co-starring with theater powerhouse Idina Menzel (who is now the special guest on Groban's current tour). He also has a Tony Award nomination for playing one of the title roles in "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812." His next project is starring in the Netflix comedy "The Good Cop" opposite Tony Danza and Monica Barbaro.
In addition to having stage credentials, Groban comes with hosting experience (he previously was master of ceremonies for ABC's short-lived singing competition "Rising Star") and he and Bareilles will have exceptional on-stage chemistry. They've been friends for years, as both noted in Wednesday's press release.
"I am humbled and ecstatic to be co-hosting the Tony Awards this year with such a brilliant artist and wonderful friend, Sara Bareilles," Groban said in the press release. "The dedication and inspiration surrounding live theatre 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. So to be at the helm of a night celebrating the best of that theatre 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."
"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,” added Bareilles in the release. "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."
By naming Bareilles and Groban as hosts, the Tony Awards have become a must-see awards show for music fans and theater fans alike. There's no doubt that they will make the ceremony more fun than any awards show audiences have ever seen before. The question is, will the two of them do a medley of Broadway hits like Groban's medley of TV theme songs from the 2008 Emmy Awards?
After watching him with Sara Bareilles at the 2018 Tony Awards, fans can watch Josh Groban live on tour, and AXS has your dates to a number of his upcoming shows. Below are all of Josh Groban's 2018 Bridges Tour dates, with select concerts on sale through AXS:
Oct. 18 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 19 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 23 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Oct. 24 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Oct. 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct. 27 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Oct. 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 30 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 02 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Nov. 03 - Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Nov. 06 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Nov. 07 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
Nov. 09 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Nov. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 13 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
Nov. 15 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
Nov. 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
Nov. 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden