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Does Tony Nominee Sara Bareilles Think She Stands a Chance Against Hamilton?

The Waitress composer isn't as nervous as you'd think.

By Laura Rosenfeld
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Hamilton racked up a record 16 nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards earlier this month. Since the mega-hit musical has been the talk of the town even beyond the Great White Way, most people think that it's going to walk away with most of awards it's up for.

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Naturally, if you're a nominee in the same category as Hamilton in this year's awards show, you might be a little worried about your chances of going home with a trophy. But not Sara Bareilles, who is nominated for Best Original Score for her new musical Waitress opposite Hamilton's maestro and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

"Nervous is not the right word," Sara said in response to a caller asking if she was nervous about facing off against Hamilton at the Tonys during the Watch What Happens Live After Show on Thursday night (clip above). "I think, I’m such a huge fan of Hamilton and of the show and of Lin’s, in particular. I’m not actually a very competitive person."

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In fact, Sara only sees positives when it comes to being a part of this year's Tony Awards. "What I like about the awards season is that it brings attention to the theatre, and I grew up on musical theatre. And so I just love that people are paying attention, and I think because of the gift of Hamilton, there’s a whole new set of eyes paying attention to what has been this incredible legacy of people working in the theatre her for decades and decades," she said ever so eloquently. 

And for the record, she's pretty sure Hamilton is going to sweep the awards, too. "So I’m going to help [Lin-Manuel] carry his Tonys home, and I’m really OK with that," she joked. "It’s all good." 

Sara had a much more painful experience of being a part of another competition, The Sing-Off. Find out how it reignited her past personal issues, below.

Sara Talks About ‘The Sing-Off’
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