Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban to host 2018 Tony Awards
Broadway alumni Bareilles and Groban will host the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall.
The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have officially confirmed that recent Broadway alumni and popular recording artists Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will co-host The 72nd Annual Tony Awards, to be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Ms. Bareilles most recently starred as Mary Magdalene in NBC's critically acclaimed "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" and finished a second limited engagement as leading lady Jenna in hit musical Waitress, which also earned her a Tony nomination for "Best Original Score Written for the Theatre" in 2016.
“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,” commented Ms. Bareilles. “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.”
Mr. Groban made his Broadway debut as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 in the fall of 2016, receiving a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award in 2017. He also gained great admiration from the theatre community following his 2015 Broadway-themed album "Stages".
"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 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," added Mr. Groban. "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."
As previously reported, "Smash" alumni Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee are set to co-host the Nominations Announcement for the biggest night in Broadway's theatre calendar on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
All Broadway productions in the 2017-2018 season, who officially open on or before the eligibility cut-off date of Thursday, April 26, 2018 (and meet all other requirements) can be considered for nominations.
Continuing the tradition, CBS will broadcast The 72nd Annual Tony Awards live, as it has done since 1978.