Losers opened the show
The Tonys enlisted Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles -- interlopers from the world of pop who have both had Broadway successes, the former as the star of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and the latter with Waitress, which she wrote -- as co-hosts this year, and the two leaned hard into their theater geekdom throughout the evening. They opened with a sweetly earnest, tongue-in-cheek number that pre-emptively honored the losers. "So this is for the people who lose, because both of us have been in your shoes," they harmonized. Their dueling pianos gave way to a chorus of ensemble members from the nominated shows, as Bareilles and Groban segued into a message that "if you make art at all you're a part of the cure."