“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,” says Josh Groban, recounting what it was like to anticipate this year’s Tony nominations. He ended up with a bid for Best Actor in a Musical for “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” “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.”
Groban stars in the musical as Pierre Bezukhov. “He’s one of the great literary characters,” the actor explains of his role, adapted from Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel “War and Peace.” Pierre is having “an existential crisis … 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.”
“The Great Comet” has been running since last November and ended up with a leading 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Actress (Denee Benton) and Best Featured Actor (Lucas Steele). It’s the Broadway debut for Groban, who has also been nominated for four Grammy Awards. Not bad for his first trip to the Great White Way.
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