There’s nothing like “Broadway is back” like the real dreamgirl, Jennifer Holiday, saying “And I’m telling you I’m not going” at the 2021 Tony Awards on Sunday night.
As part of the show’s efforts to celebrate past and present music during the 74th anniversary celebrations, theater legends were on stage throughout the evening, providing one show-stopping number after another.
But no one matched Holiday’s strength – who won the Tony Award for his role as Effie White in 1982’s “Dreamgirls” – took the stage in the middle of the show as part of a tribute to the music’s 40th anniversary.
After a ridiculous and ongoing acquaintance with fellow Dreamgirl Sheryl Lee Ralph য who has starred with Holiday for years বিষয়ে on the rise of a group of girls modeled on the Supremes-reveals her extraordinary talent on the holiday stage.
Singing the torch song, which has become his signature number for the past four decades, Holiday brightly expressed the pain and anguish behind the heartbreaking ballads, which seemed to come alive on the Tony stage as before.
After the final notes of the holiday, masked and vaccinated attendees erupted in joy from the audience – a necessity for this year’s event – who all jumped to their feet.
Holiday’s performance caused such a stir that host Adra MacDonald said it would take some time to recover before launching the next section.
Long after leaving the stage, the winners went on to thank Holiday in their own speech, with Mary-Lewis Parker saying she was “still crying” from acting some time later.
The tribute was a full-fledged moment for Holiday, who performed the song at its 36th anniversary in 1982, one of the most iconic moments in the history of tennis.
Viewers of the four-hour celebration, which aired in two parts across Paramount + and CBS, were also on holiday on Twitter.
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