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I’ve always been a huge fan of “Phantom of the Opera.”
I’ve read the book, seen the musical on Broadway (my boyfriend at the time fell asleep… let’s just say that was the last straw), and I now watch the film every few months at home.
I stumbled across this version of “All I Ask Of You,” sung by Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson, and it gave me the chills. They’re perfectly in tune and harmony to each other.
Watch Groban And Clarkson Perform
Groban performed the duet with Clarkson for his PBS special based on his 2015 album “Stages,” which is a collection of Broadway songs.
Groban filmed “Josh Groban: Stages Live” at the Los Angeles Theater, and the special debuted on PBS in November 2015.
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“All I Ask Of You” was written for the legendary musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe, and produced by Lloyd Webber. It is performed at the end of the first act by the protagonists, Christine and Raoul.
I recommend going back to listen to the version performed by Sarah Brightman and Cliff Richard from the original stage production, which debuted in London in 1986.
The Film Version
Be sure to have a listen to the song from the 2004 “Phantom of the Opera” film starring Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson (they look like babies here!).
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Other Broadway hits Groban performed in his “Stages Live” special include “Anthem” (Chess), “Bring Him Home” (Les Misérables), “Finishing the Hat” (Sunday in the Park with George), “If I Loved You” (Carousel), “Le Temps Des Cathédrales” (Notre-Dame de Paris), “Old Devil Moon” (Finian’s Rainbow), “Pure Imagination” (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (The Wizard of Oz), “Never Walk Alone” (Carousel), “Try to Remember” (The Fantasticks), “What I Did For Love” (A Chorus Line) and “Not While I’m Around” (Sweeney Todd).
“Theater and musical theater have always been in my heart,” Groban said about his choice to take on Broadway in “Stages.” “These are songs I’ve wanted to sing since I was in high school.”
Groban And Audra McDonald Duet
And Groban’s duet with Clarkson wasn’t his only collaboration. He also performed “If I Loved You” from “Carousel” with Broadway star Audra McDonald.
How To Watch The Full Special
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Groban, now 36, was born in Los Angeles and studied at an arts high school where he developed his singing voice. He was admitted to Carnegie Mellon University and intended to study musical theatre when he got his first recording contract and dropped out to pursue his musical career instead.
Clarkson, now 35, gained stardom as the winner of the inaugural season of “American Idol” back in 2002. She’s gone on to become a Grammy Award-winning artist with several chart-topping albums under her belt.