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Josh Groban Talks ‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812’

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Jan 11, 2016 06:07 PM EST

With his latest album, Stages, consisting exclusively of songs from Broadway musicals, it seems apparent that the singer/songwriter's Broadway debut was never far from his mind, but the doesn't necessarily mean Josh Groban is excited to take on the challenge. In a recent interview the 34-year-old California native joked that despite his openly discussing the subject, the reality of taking on something like Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 seemed overwhelming to him. Groban explained, however, that he is combatting his pre-show jitters by practicing for the part relentlessly.

It seems a little hard to believe given his voice's powerful reputation, but Josh Groban has long been just as afraid of making his Broadway debut as he has been excited by it.

During a chat with Entertainment Tonight, earlier in the week, Groban explained that while he has often been delighted by the idea of finally staring in a Broadway musical, he also thought it completely out of reach:

"There's times where I've said, 'Broadway, Broadway, Broadway, I love Broadway, I'd love to do something like that...And then I've thought, 'You're not actually going to do it.'"

To get over his cold feet, Groban told EW, he has been going over everything for his upcoming performance time and time again with the hopes of getting all the kinks worked out before he ever gets anywhere near a Broadway stage:

"I want it really in my DNA when I start rehearsals, because right at the end of my summer tour, I think I have five days off and then I jump to rehearsals for previews."

While he has had plenty to do between his current Stages Tour and his preparing for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, the passing of music icon David Bowie yesterday did not go unnoticed.

Earlier today, the singer posted a mournful message to Twitter commemorating Bowie's life and art, and all that it meant to him (via Broadway World):

"He never seemed of this earth. Now he's left it.

"He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind."

What do you think of Josh's fears surrounding his debut in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812?

Are such concerns warranted from someone as well accomplished as Groban?

Or, is it good that he doesn't expect his past success to automatically translate into a strong Broadway debut?

Let us hear what you have to say about it in the comment field below.

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