On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles talked about the excitement surrounding Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming performance at the Tony Awards this Sunday. Springsteen is set to receive a Special Tony Award for his Springsteen on Broadway show. As hosts of the awards show, Bareilles and Groban will be the center of attention for most of the night, but they definitely won’t be the stars of the show.
“The venue is abuzz with energy that Bruce is gonna be there,” Groban said. “Today we were rehearsing and there were 30 people just hanging around the stage because Bruce was going to rehearse. People just want to be around the guy, and we're very, very excited he's going to be there.”
One might think that as hosts they’d have access to Springsteen, but that’s not the case. Bareilla said they tried to stay late after one of their rehearsals just to see him but couldn’t. “But you’re the hosts,” Colbert said. Bareilla replied, “That’s what I said!”
Even if they don’t get to see Springsteen at rehearsal, they’ll at least get to see him on Sunday with the rest of us. Springsteen is receiving a Special Tony because the (mostly) one-man show was ineligible to win a regular Tony. To be eligible, a show must provide comp tickets to Tony voters and the press. Due to the scarcity of tickets, Springsteen producers and the Boss himself chose not to do so.