Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will be adding award show hosts to their list of Tony Award accomplishments. CBS confirmed Tony nominees Bareilles and Groban will be taking the stage to co-host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards. This year’s show will take place at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10th and will be broadcast live on the East Coast beginning at 8pm. (The West Coast airing will be tape-delayed.)
The 2018 Tony Awards will mark the first time as host for both Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. Bareilles earned a Tony Award nomination in the Best Score category in 2016 for Waitress. Groban was nominated in the Best Actor in a Musical category for his role in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.
Nominations for this year’s awards will be revealed on Tuesday, May 1st on CBS This Morning. Leslie Odom, Jr and Katharine McPhee have the honor of revealing the 2018 nominees.
“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,” stated 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 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,” said Josh Groban. “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.”
The 72nd Annual Tony Awards will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. Weiss is also returning as director for the 19th consecutive year.
“Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban electrified and inspired audiences last year when they brought their incredible talents to Broadway,” added Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, 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 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 10, 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.