Josh Groban made his Broadway debut in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” Groban, who exited the show earlier this month, will chronicle his time on the rialto in the new book “Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway.” As he explained, via Twitter, “The last few years have been insane. So I made a coffee table book about it. It’s full of great memories.”
This musical, based on a section of Leo Tolstoy‘s “War and Peace,” reaped a leading 12 Tony Awards nominations; it won for lighting and scenic design. Groban numbered among the nominees for his performance as Pierre Bezukhov, but lost his Best Actor bid to “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt.
Reflecting on his Tony nomination, Groban revealed, “This year has already been such a dream for me. I told myself that whatever happened that morning was going to be what it was going to be.” He readily revealed, “I was over the moon, not only for my nomination, but when I started to see so many coming in for ‘Great Comet,’ a show that has been on such an amazing journey.”
He readily admitted to being intimidated at taking on “one of the great literary characters” who is “having an existential crisis.” As he explained, “He’s trying to find meaning in his own life, meaning in the world. There’s a war going on outside, but he’s inside in the lap of luxury feeling guilty about it in a loveless marriage.”