VIDEO: Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles Open the Tonys Celebrating the Nominees Who Won't Win
Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles opened the 72nd annual Tony Awards with a rousing dueling-pianos number that celebrated the 90% of nominees that would leave Sunday night's ceremony without a trophy in hand.
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Both Tony nominees, Groban was nominated last season for his performance in one of the title roles in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Though Bareilles made her on-stage Broadway debut this season in WAITRESS, she was nominated for writing the score of the show in 2016; sadly, neither of them won!
In addition to receiving a Tony nomination for writing the music and lyrics for the smash musical adaptation of WAITRESS, Bareilles also made her on-stage Broadway debut in the show's lead role of Jenna, replacing original star Jessie Meuller, and wrapped up an encore run with the show earlier this spring. She is also part of the writing team for this season's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, and recently starred as Mary Magdalene in NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT.
Having recorded an entire album of beloved showtunes, Groban made his Broadway debut in the role of Pierre in NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. The multi-platinum recording artist was nominated for last season's Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical honor.