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Watch Ariana Grande Return To Her Broadway Roots In Surprise Performance

Ari belts out tunes from the musical that launched her into stardom.

In October, Ariana Grande got super nostalgic about “13,” the show that marked her Broadway debut way back in 2008, when she was just a curly-haired 14-year-old.

Now, Ari’s continued to pay homage to the show and its composer and lyricist, Jason Robert Brown, by making a surprise appearance at the Tony winner’s Los Angeles concert on Monday night (Jan. 4).

“I happened to bump into an international pop star the other day and I asked her if it would be fun to come sing a tune or two,” Brown told the crowd before Ari stepped onstage. “And she said, ‘three,’ and I said, ‘three would be fine!’”

Dressed down in an oversized sweater and cute glasses, the 22-year-old was welcomed with enthusiastic applause from the crowd at Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood. Together with Brown, she performed a three song-set: “The Lamest Place In the World” and “Brand New You” from “13,” as well as “Getting Out” from Brown’s album Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes.

Ultimately, her surprise, no-frills performance is a welcome reminder of how far Ariana’s come and what got her here in the first place: THAT. BLESSED. VOICE.


Check out the whole performance below, filmed by Ari’s brother, Frankie Grande.