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Josh Groban on Leaving ‘Sweeney Todd,’ 20th Anniversary of ‘Closer’ – Billboard

Josh Groban spoke with Billboard’s Executive Features Editor Rebecca Milzoff about leaving Sweeney Todd, earning a Grammy nod for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2023 Broadway Cast Recording), the 20th anniversary of his album Closer, working with David Foster, his friendship with Leslie Odom Jr. and Josh Gad, and more.

Josh Groban:
The Jonas Brothers were across the street from us at The Marquee. They would come out to greet stage door, right at the time that I think, like, I don’t want to spoil anything, but there’s a big death at the end with a quiet moment right afterwards, and so the audience would chuckle because this very serious dramatic death would happen and then there would be these just absolute screeching, scream outside the theater.

Hi, it’s Josh Groban, and you’re watching Billboard News.

Rebecca Milzoff:
Hi, everyone. Welcome to Billboard News. I’m Rebecca Milzoff, executive features editor at Billboard, and I’m here today with Josh Groban.

Josh Groban:
Hi!

Rebecca Milzoff:
Hi, Josh.

Josh Groban:
Thanks for having me.

Rebecca Milzoff:
You may not remember, but we actually met once before six years ago, when you were making your Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

Josh Groban:
I do remember that. Yes, I knew when we met that we’d met before, I just couldn’t remember exactly when it was.

Rebecca Milzoff:
Well, I remember that you said at the time that you were excited by educated risks.

Josh Groban:
Yes.

Rebecca Milzoff:
I thought that was such a great thought and I imagine Sweeney was very much one of those.

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