8:10am PT by Scott Feinberg
Tonys: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Co-Host 72nd Edition
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, both hugely popular Grammy-nominated singers who recently made their debuts on Broadway, will co-host the 72nd Tony Awards, the duo announced Wednesday morning in social media posts.
The ceremony will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Last Broadway season, Groban starred in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, ultimately receiving a best actor in a musical Tony nomination, while Bareilles replaced Jessie Mueller as the lead in Waitress, for which she also composed the music and lyrics en route to a Tony nom of her own, for best original score. Music by Bareilles can also be heard in SpongeBob SquarePants, one of the more unexpected critical hits of this season. And she recently drew rave reviews playing Mary Magdalene on NBC's musical broadcast Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Both hosts proved to be major box-office draws during their stints on Broadway.
"The Theater has completely transformed my life in every way possible," Bareilles said in a statement. "I have never felt more embraced and encouraged by a professional community, and I am so grateful for that. I feel incredibly lucky to get to spend an evening celebrating and applauding this outstanding collective of artists, friends, collaborators and creatives. 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."
Added Groban, "I am humbled and ecstatic to be co-hosting the Tony Awards this year with such a brilliant artist and wonderful friend, Sara Bareilles. The dedication and inspiration surrounding live theater gave me my life path as a young kid, and the warmth and support of the Broadway community has been the highlight of my career. So to be at the helm of a night celebrating the best of that theater 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."
Leslie Odom Jr., a 2016 Tony winner for Hamilton, and Katharine McPhee, currently appearing in the lead role in Waitress, will announce the Tony nominations on May 1.