×

Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban to Host 2018 Tony Awards

The Tony Awards have tapped Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to host the theater industry’s biggest awards ceremony.

With longstanding roots in the music industry, Bareilles and Groban may initially seem unexpectedly choices for a theater awards show. But both have become headline talent on Broadway lately: Bareilles wrote the score for the musical “Waitress,” and her two stints in the lead role of the show charging notable sales increases for the production. Groban, meanwhile, spent several months in one of the title roles of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” fueling million-dollar-plus weeks during his time in part. Bareilles also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s well-received live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

It’s unusual to have two hosts for the Tony Awards, but not unprecedented. Most recently, Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming emceed the proceedings in 2015. Response to that year’s ceremony proved lackluster in the theater industry.

This year’s Tony race has few clear frontrunners. With nominees not yet announced (and a handful of shows still to open before the April 27 eligibility cutoff), “The Band’s Visit” is a critical favorite in the new musical category, but it faces possible competition from popular titles like “Mean Girls” and “Frozen.” The musical revival category could also get competitive, with “Carousel,” “Once On This Island” and the soon-to-open “My Fair Lady” poised to become major plays. Play revival will also be tight, with “Angels in America,” “Three Tall Women” and “Lobby Hero” all looking strong, and the Denzel Washington-led “The Iceman Cometh” bowing next week.

In a year that saw few new plays open on Broadway, that category could well end up dominated by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which swept the Olivier Awards in London. The box-office-busting production opens April 22.

Nominations for the 72nd annual Tony Awards will be announced May 1. CBS will broadcast the ceremony live from Radio City Music Hall on June 10.

 

More Legit

  • Grand Horizons review

    'Grand Horizons': Theater Review

    Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one, as you surely must have: A nice, all-American family is in the process of breaking up and trying to make this sad state of affairs seem funny in Bess Wohl’s Broadway outing “Grand Horizons.” After 50 years of marriage, Nancy (the ever-elegant Jane Alexander) and Bill (the [...]

  • Uncle Vanya review

    'Uncle Vanya': Theater Review

    Director Ian Rickson has had success with Chekhov in the past. His exquisitely balanced, tragicomic production of “The Seagull” (2007 in London, 2008 on Broadway) was well-nigh flawless with, among others, Kristin Scott Thomas as painfully vulnerable as she was startlingly funny. Sadly, with his production of “Uncle Vanya,” despite felicities in the casting, lightning [...]

  • The Welkin review

    'The Welkin': Theater Review

    A life hanging perilously in the balance of charged-up, polarized opinions: This courtroom drama could easily have been titled “Twelve Angry Women.” But playwright Lucy Kirkwood (“Chimerica,” “The Children”) is far too strong and imaginative a writer for so hand-me-down a cliché. Instead she opts for “The Welkin,” an old English term for the vault [...]

  • Tina Fey attends the "Mean Girls"

    Tina Fey Announces Movie Adaptation of Broadway's 'Mean Girls' Musical

    It’s good to be mean…the “Mean Girls” musical, that is. Producers of the hit Broadway show announced today that the Tony-nominated production is being adapted for the big screen for Paramount Pictures. The musical is based on the 2004 movie of the same name. “I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen,’ Tina Fey, [...]

  • Freestyle Love Supreme

    Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Freestyle Love Supreme' in Exclusive Clip From Sundance Documentary

    Before turning “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” into musical phenomenons, Lin-Manuel Miranda could have been found on stage, spouting off-the-cuff rhymes with his improv group, “Freestyle Love Supreme.” After performing across the globe, the troupe — founded 15 years ago by Miranda, his frequent collaborator Thomas Kail and emcee Anthony Veneziale — made its Broadway [...]

  • Ariana Grande 7 Rings

    Rodgers & Hammerstein Are Having a Moment Thanks to Ariana Grande, 'Oklahoma!'

    Jaws dropped when it was revealed that the late musical theater titans Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were granted 90% of the songwriting royalties on “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande’s 2019 No. 1 hit. The dominant motif of Grande’s song is taken from “My Favorite Things,” the cornerstone of R&H’s 1959 musical “The Sound of [...]

  • A Soldiers Play review

    'A Soldier's Play': Theater Review

    Now, that’s what I call a play! Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “A Soldier’s Play,” now being revived on Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company, packs plenty of dramatic tension into smoldering issues of racial justice and injustice, military honor and dishonor, and the solemn struggle to balance their harrowing demands on characters who are only [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content