Multi-platinum vocal artist Josh Groban's latest album, "Stages," is a stunning collection of Broadway classics. A few of the songs are duets, including "All I Ask of You" from "The Phantom of the Opera," recorded with pop star Kelly Clarkson. A live performance of the haunting love song was recorded on video in Los Angeles as part of PBS' presentation "Josh Groban: Stages Live."
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Groban left his study of musical theater at Carnegie Mellon University to pursue his singing career, and "Stages" honors the music his grew up emulating. "Theater and musical theater have always been in my heart," Groban said on his website. "These are songs I've wanted to sing since I was in high school."

When asked by PBS's Jeffrey Brown if recording such well-known and beloved music was intimidating, Groban said, "Oh, very intimidating. You're taking off the songwriter hat and putting on the interpretive hat. With that comes a great responsibility. The songs are so universal that . . . many people can record them and have their own moment with them."

Some of the songs on the "Stages" album were recorded with the entire London Philharmonic Orchestra; others have less orchestration. Most notable is "Bring Him Home" from "Les Miserables," recorded with only a piano accompaniment. "That's a testament to the melody," Groban said about the success of the simple arrangement.

"Josh Groban: Stages Live" airs on PBS periodically, and the "Stages" tour concludes back in Los Angeles in August.