Josh Groban Sings Showtunes Across America in "Stages" Tour, Launching Tonight

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Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban, who was seen in the Actors Fund concert version of Chess, launches his fall 2015 North American tour in support of his new album of theatre music, "Stages," Sept. 12 in Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

The tour, produced by Live Nation, continues through early November. Stops on the tour include Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and more than a dozen other cities. The New York stops are scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30 at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, and Sept. 19 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. The final performance is currently scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Masonic in San Francisco.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tony winner Lena Hall will join Groban during several of his tour dates following the Atlanta premiere.

Josh Groban
Josh Groban

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Groban recently said in an interview that he has cleared his 2016 schedule for a possible Broadway debut. No other information has been announced.

"Nothing has inspired me more in my life than the energy that is shared in a theatre when great songs and great art are on the stage," Groban said in an earlier statement. "I wanted this album to pay tribute to those inspirations and memories."

"Stages" was recorded with producers Humberto Gatica and Bernie Herms in both Los Angeles and London's Abbey Road (with a 75-piece orchestra).

"'Stages' is an album I've wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon," Groban added. "I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time."

"Stages" features three duets: Kelly Clarkson is featured on "All I Ask of You" ("she can, quite simply, do anything"); Audra McDonald sings on "If I Loved You" ("in my head I heard her on this and to sing it in the room with her was a dream come true"); and trumpeter Chris Botti plays on "Old Devil Moon" ("he plays with such control and expressiveness").

The track listing follows:

"Pure Imagination" (from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)

"What I Did For Love" (from A Chorus Line)

"Bring Him Home" (from Les Misérables)

"Le Temps Des Cathédrales" (from Notre Dame de Paris)

"All I Ask Of You" (from The Phantom of the Opera) (feat. Kelly Clarkson)

"Try To Remember" (from  The Fantasticks)

"Over the Rainbow" (from The Wizard of Oz)

"Children Will Listen"/"Not While I'm Around" (from Sweeney Todd/Into the Woods)

"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel)

"Old Devil Moon" (from Finian's Rainbow) (feat. Chris Botti)

 "Finishing the Hat" (from Sunday in the Park with George)

"If I Loved You" (from Carousel) (feat. Audra McDonald)

"Anthem" (from Chess)

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