The awards are set for Sunday, June 10, 8 pm ET/delayed PT, on CBS.
Both Bareilles and Groban will be first-time hosts the show, each coming off recent Broadway successes. Bareilles starred in the hit Waitress, which she also composed the music and lyrics for, earning her first Tony Award nomination. She more recently portrayed Mary Magdalene in NBC’s Easter Sunday presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Groban starred in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
“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 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 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.
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 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.