There are fight sequences and I’ll be in a padded suit and there is a lot of physicality involved…The challenge for me – that I’m well aware of – when I step onstage (the audience’s) first thought is going to be, “That’s Josh Groban,” and my goal for the rest of the night is for people to say, “That’s Pierre.” I like to be able to pull my fan base into things they’re not expecting. Q: You’ve said touring with Sarah was a bucket list thing.
As fate would have it, his vocal coach was friends with David Foster, a well-known producer, writer and arranger, and in 1998 Groban and Foster began working together.
At first, Groban served as a rehearsal singer, but the events weren't typical for beginners including the inauguration of California governor Grey Davis and the Grammy Awards.
Q: Last time we talked, you mentioned you were studying for your pilot’s license. A: I took a little bit of a breather from it – because I want to live! But if I’m thinking about it, I don’t think I’ve got time.
– and to make sure that when I continue to do it, I have many months of time. Q: So, if touring with Sarah was on the bucket list and you’re finally doing Broadway, what’s left to conquer? I view each record as an opportunity to start a new chapter.
The summer sheds are little more laid back, people are out there having a glass of wine. Q: You’ve been a good co-host with Kelly Ripa (Groban most recently shared the “Live with Kelly” stage in late June). She deserves to have the absolute best next to her.
I feel like the formality of the (first leg of the) “Stages” tour we can toss out the window. I have zero clue what their plans are – it’s a complete hypothetical.
Q: I believe I saw a photo of you practicing the accordion. There is no orchestra pit and the audience is surrounding you. There are fixed musicians who will play the entire show, and many of the actors are playing.
Some people will be sitting in bar stools in front of me the whole night.
A: There will still be songs from “Stages” that we can now do under the stars and with an orchestra, but also a mix of songs I’ve done in the past.