By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Josh Groban publicity)
The MGM Grand’s Garden Arena redesigned their stage for Grammy-and Oscar-Nominated singer Josh Groban’s “in the round” tour.
When the audience watched Josh during his “in the round” show, they enjoyed a much better look at more of his performance then usual.
During the evening, Josh walked slowly around the stage while singing. After completing a full circle to include all areas of the arena, he spoke to the audience.
Sometimes joking and then switching to comments about his songs, the pace changed throughout the show.
Josh’s music moved effortlessly from pop to classical numbers. Few performers add music that is not included in their fan base.
Josh’s choice of songs brought new dimensions to his voice. When Josh sang, his voice took flight into the stratosphere. Josh’s powerful interpretations were memorable.
With his warm personality and friendly comments, the audience felt a closeness to the star.
This was heightened when he spontaneously walked down the steps into the arena.
Those moments meant so much to his fans and helped to make more fans.
There was a feeling the show was personal.
After Josh was finishing his own set, Josh invited his opening act Judith Hill to return to the stage to sing a duet of “The Prayer” and “Remember When it Rains”.
Josh Groban has proven himself as a singer, songwriter and actor.
Josh Groban wanted his sixth album All That Echoes to be more than just another album. Planning for the new album, Josh was challenged to create uniqueness and add the special touches of other singers.
He individualized Echoes with surprises and a musical combination not seen before.
Josh chose Academy Award winning “Falling Slowly”, Tony-award spin-off Broadway musical “Once” to Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe”.
He added some international music from Spain and Italy.
Josh could be proud of his perfect mix of fan favorites, classical and other additions.
Josh recently appeared on CBS’s “The Crazy Ones” starring Robin Williams in which he portrayed a stalker who fell in love with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Josh guest-starred in a recurring guest role on The Office and has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! He appeared in Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore’s film “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, co-starred in comedy Coffee Town as well as in other films.
Groban originally studied acting, but moved to singing as his voice developed. Groban attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, a free public school on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, where students receive a conservatory-style education. His life changed when his vocal coach, Seth Riggs, submitted a tape of Josh singing, “All I Ask of You,” from The Phantom of the Opera, to Riggs’ friend, producer, composer and arranger David Foster. http://www.joshgroban.com/allthatechoes/
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, television commercials and travel specials for 28 years.
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