Oscars: Sara Bareilles to perform ‘In Memoriam’

Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform during the “In Memoriam” segment on Sunday’s Oscars. In making the announcement, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said, “Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking,”

To address those concerns about those names who are missing from the tribute, the academy confirmed it will post an extended photo gallery of more than 200 late filmmakers, artists and executives on Oscar.com.

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Bareilles is taking time off from rehearsals for her upcoming Broadway debut in the musical “Waitress” to jet west for the Oscars. While this talented tunesmith has to learn her lines, she already knows all the words to the songs as she wrote them. Fans of this songbird can catch her in the role of the title character, a woman who works as a server in a diner but hopes to serves up a winning pie in a contest until June 11.

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Bareilles, whose smash debut disc “Little Voice” reached #1 in 22 countries, earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Score. She was bested by Lin-Manuel Miranda who crafted the songs for the blockbuster “Hamilton.”  Bareilles and company also contended for Best Musical Theater Album at the recent Grammys but were edged out by “The Color Purple.”

Above: Watch Bareilles perform with the role’s originator, Tony champ Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful”), on the Tony Awards in June. They are introduced by Keri Russell, who headlined the late Adrienne Shelly‘s 2007 film which inspired the show.

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