Tony Awards co-hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles know this year’s list of nominees is filled with movies and TV shows that have become plays, like Mean Girls, Frozen, Harry Potter, and SpongeBob SquarePants. So, with a cue from Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Wednesday night, the pair poked fun at Broadway’s big night by performing “Tony Awards: The Musical,” “a musical of the Tonys about the Tonys.”
Groban (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) and Bareilles (Waitress) traded off lines as they sang, “Have you ever watched a movie and wished it was on stage, or tuned into a TV show and wished it was on stage? Well, this year’s Tony nominees you’ll certainly adore because, guess what? It’s stuff you’ve heard of before.”
They preface this past year in theater wasn’t catered for “some pretentious theater snob,” but they do have “thoughtful plays” for kids, “like Junk or Iceman Cometh or, who are we kidding? Harry Potter!” Bareilles belted.
And this year it’s anyone’s game at the Tonys because, as they sang together, “there’s no Hamilton this year.”
Groban and Bareilles will host the 72nd annual Tony Awards ceremony this Sunday, airing live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Watch them liven up The Late Show in the clip above.