Josh Groban made his Broadway debut in “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” 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.
On Sunday’s Tony Awards, Groban led the company of “The Great Comet” in a spirited medley of “Dust and Ashes” and “The Abduction.” This talented singer, who learned to play the accordion for this show, was joined at the piano on Sunday by composer Dave Malloy. (Watch their performance above.)
Keegan-Michael Key introduced the performance by describing Malloy’s score as a combination of “rock, pop, soul, folk, electronic dance music and classic Broadway.”