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Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban Kick Off The 2018 Tony Awards With An Ode to ‘Losers’ | THR News


“So this is for the people who lose, ’cause both of us have been in your shoes.” In their awards show hosting debut, Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban opened the 72nd Tony Awards Sunday night with an ode to the losers of Broadway. And they were happy to remind us that this group includes…themselves. “Neither of us has ever won anything.” Bareilles and Groban were asked to host the show, broadcast on CBS from New York’s Radio City Music Hall, after each making their Broadway debuts last year. Bareilles played Jenna in the musical ‘Waitress’ – for which she also wrote the Tony-nominated score. She was nominated again this year for helping compose the original score for ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’ Most recently, Bareilles played Mary Magadalene in NBC’s live broadcast of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ Groban earned a Tony nomination of his own last year for best actor in a musical for ‘Natasha, PIerre, and the Great Comet of 1812.’ The duo started the original number Sunday performing on dueling pianos, before walking out to the front of the stage, and eventually being joined by the people Groban called the hardest working men and women on Broadway: ensemble members from every nominated musical. The hosts reminded the audience that some of the most successful shows ever – like ‘Chicago’ – never won a Tony, before officially welcoming the audience to the start of the show. “We welcome you to Tonys number 72!” This year’s Tony Awards came at the end of yet another record-breaking Broadway season, with grosses up more than 17 percent from last year to total just under $1.7 billion. Make sure to check out THR.com and THR across all social media for complete Tonys coverage. And let us know what you thought of this year’s opening in the comments. For The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Mike Janela.

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