The Tony Awards have lined up two past nominees — composer Sara Bareilles and actor Josh Groban — to host the 72nd annual edition of these top theater honors on June 10. The three-hour kudocast will air live on CBS from New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Bareilles lost her 2016 bid for Best Score for “Waitress” to Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Hamilton.” Groban contended last year for his lead role in the tuner “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” but was bested by Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”).
Bareilles has headlined her Broadway show twice in its run, playing both times to capacity crowds. She recently starred as Mary Magdalene in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”
In a statement that accompanied the announcement, Bareilles said, “The theatre 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. 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.”
Groban added, “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.”
Katharine McPhee, the current star of “Waitress,” and Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) will announce the nominations May 1. Be sure to make your Tony Awards predictions today so that Broadway insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on May 1. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Tonys taking place right now in our theater forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.