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.