Both are first-time Tony hosts who made their Broadway bows in 2017. Bareilles starred in Waitress, for which she also penned the music and lyrics. More recently, she sang alongside John Legend as Mary in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Groban received critical acclaim for his lead role in the War and Peace-inspired musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. His eighth studio album is expected to drop later this year.
“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.”
Groban added: "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. and current Waitress star Katharine McPhee will announce the 2018 Tony Awards nominations live on May 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Watch the Groban and Bareilles' f-bomb-laden announcement video below.
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) April 18, 2018
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