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Breaking News: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Host 2018 Tony Awards

While they might not have exactly had their act together for the video announcement, Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban made legions of Broadway fans excited when they announced via social media that they would be hosting this June's Tony Awards.

The annual celebration of all things Broadway will be televised on CBS on Sunday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. We will have more details as they become available.

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.

"The Theater 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," said Sara Bareilles. "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."

"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 theatre 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," said Josh Groban. "So 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."

"Sara and Josh have been taking the music industry by storm for years. Then just last year, they both made their Broadway debuts, bringing audiences to their feet, night-after-night. And now, we can't wait to see what they will do, together, on Sunday, June 10th, when they take the stage at Radio City Music Hall to host the Tony Awards!" said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.

"Love that these two good friends, musicians, actors, singers, songwriters, Tony nominees and just all around nice humans agreed to host the Tonys," said Executive Producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.

"Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban both electrified and inspired audiences last year when they brought their incredible talents to Broadway," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President for Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. "These two have great chemistry together and we can't wait to see what they have in store as hosts for this year's Tony Awards."

Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit "Love Song," which reached No. 1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album "Little Voice." Since then, Sara has gone on to receive six Grammy® nominations throughout her career. Her book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, was released in the fall of 2015 and is a NY Times best seller.

"What's Inside: Songs from Waitress," her most recent solo studio album, is out on Epic Records. For more information, please visit www.sarabmusic.com.

Possessing one of the most outstanding and instantly recognizable voices in music, GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter, and actor Josh Groban has entertained fans across the globe with his multi-platinum albums and DVDs (over 30 million sold worldwide), electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. The 36-year-old Los Angeles native is the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums list of the past decade, according to Billboard. Groban has released seven studio albums, selling millions of records worldwide.

Having appeared in numerous films and TV shows, in 2017, Groban concluded his Broadway run in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which Time Out New York called, "one of the best musicals of the decade". He also released his first coffee table book, Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway. which documented the past two years of his life on Broadway. Currently, Groban is filming for the new Netfilx series, The Good Cop, starring opposite Tony Danza, and working on his eighth studio album due out later this year.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers of the Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

The American Theatre Wing's 72nd Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 26, 2018, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2017-2018 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2018 Tony Award nominations.

The Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards will be announced live, by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from the New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced (@TheTonyAwards). The entire announcement will also be available on TonyAwards.com after the event.


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