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Tony Awards: Chita Rivera Returns to Winter Garden Theatre, Exactly 64 Years After Opening 'West Side Story' There!

Tony Awards: Chita Rivera Returns to Winter Garden Theatre, Exactly 64 Years After Opening 'West Side Story' There!

The 2020 Tony Awards ceremony was a homecoming for legendary actress Chita Rivera.

The 88-year-old actress appeared at the event to present the award for Best Musical alongside composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on Sunday (September 26) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

Chita originated the role of Anita in the classic musical West Side Story and the musical actually played at the Winter Garden Theatre in the 1950s. The production’s opening night was on September 26, 1957, which means Chita just returned to the same exact location 64 years later.

The new movie version of West Side Story will be hitting theaters in December and a brand new trailer was recently released.

Even though we’re in 2021, this is actually the 2020 Tony Awards because it’s the ceremony delayed from June 2020. The awards show will honor the best of Broadway’s 2019-20 season!

Paramount+ will stream the two-hour Tony Awards ceremony starting at 7pm ET and CBS will then air a two-hour primetime special, The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!, starting at 9pm ET. The primetime special will include performances from beloved classics and the three Best Musical nominees.

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Anika Noni Rose Teams Up With Ben Platt To Perform 'Move On' From 'Sunday In The Park With George' at Tony Awards 2020

Anika Noni Rose Teams Up With Ben Platt To Perform 'Move On' From 'Sunday In The Park With George' at Tony Awards 2020

Anika Noni Rose gets a hug from Ben Platt following their performance at the 2020 Tony Awards on Sunday (September 26) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

The 49-year-old singer/actress joined Ben on stage for a performance of “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George.

“@AnikaNoniRose and #BenPlatt absolutely slaying Sondheim’s gorgeous “Move On” from “Sunday in the Park With George” at the #TonyAwards #TonyAwards2021,” one fan wrote about the performance on social media afterwards.

Another added, “Ben Platt and Anika Noni Rose – AHHHH #TonyAwards.”

You can stream The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back! right now on Paramount+ and watch on CBS, too. The primetime special will include performances from beloved classics and the three Best Musical nominees.

FYI: Anika wore a Christian Siriano dress.

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John Legend Joins the Cast of 'Aint' Too Proud' for Performance During Tony Awards 2020 - Watch Now!

John Legend Joins the Cast of 'Aint' Too Proud' for Performance During Tony Awards 2020 - Watch Now!

John Legend is taking over the stage at the 2020 Tony Awards!

The 42-year-old EGOT winner joined the cast of Ain’t Too Proud for a performance during the awards show on Sunday (September 26) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

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Decked out in a hot pink suit, John kicked off the performance by singing “My Girl” before the guys of the hit Broadway musical came out and joined him.

The guys then started dancing around on stage as John sang “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”

Earlier in the night, John walked the red carpet with wife Chrissy Teigen, who wowed in a sparkling and ruffled gown.

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Tony Awards 2020 - Complete List of Winners Announced!

Tony Awards 2020 - Complete List of Winners Announced!

The list of winners from the 2020 Tony Awards has been announced!

It was an unusual year for the Tonys because of the delays from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though we’re in 2021, this is actually the 2020 Tony Awards because it’s the ceremony delayed from June 2020. The awards show honored the best of Broadway’s 2019-20 season!

Paramount+ streamed the two-hour Tony Awards ceremony starting at 7pm ET and CBS then aired a two-hour primetime special, The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!, starting at 9pm ET. The primetime special will include performances from beloved classics and the three Best Musical nominees.

22 out of 25 awards were announced during the Paramount+ special and the final three awards of the night will be announced during the CBS special. We’ll update the list when those awards are revealed.

Click inside to check out the full list of winners from the Tony Awards… More Here! »

Jennifer Holliday Brings the House Down with 'Dreamgirls' Performance at Tony Awards 2020

Jennifer Holliday Brings the House Down with 'Dreamgirls' Performance at Tony Awards 2020

Jennifer Holliday totally stole the show at the 2020 Tony Awards!

The legendary entertainer returned to the Broadway show for a Dreamgirls performance on Sunday (September 26) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

Jennifer originated the role of Effie White in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls back in 1981 and she won Best Lead Actress in a Musical at the 1982 Tony Awards.

During the awards ceremony, which was streamed on Paramount+, Jennifer performed her signature song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The crowd was on their feet throughout the performance and the winners who accepted awards after the performance all thanked her for gifting them with that moment!

Jennifer‘s Dreamgirls co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph was there to introduce the performance.

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Winners Aaron Tveit & Danny Burstein Perform the 'Moulin Rouge' Opening at Tony Awards 2020 - Watch Now!

Winners Aaron Tveit & Danny Burstein Perform the 'Moulin Rouge' Opening at Tony Awards 2020 - Watch Now!

The cast of Moulin Rouge gave an incredible performance at the Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back concert!

Tony Award winners Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein led the performance, which was held live at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Sunday night (September 26) in New York City.

The cast performed the “Welcome to the Moulin Rouge” opening number, which features snippets of the songs “Lady Marmalade,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “Rhythm of the Night,” and “Because We Can.”

The opening number concluded with Natalie Mendoza appearing from the ceiling for her grand entrance as Satine.

Moulin Rouge has already won nine awards during the show and it’s most likely going to pick up the Best Musical prize at the end of the night.

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Tituss Burgess & Robin De Jesus Hit Up The Tony Awards 2020

Tituss Burgess & Robin De Jesus Hit Up The Tony Awards 2020

Tituss Burgess and Robin de Jesus stepped out in sharp style for the 2020 Tony Awards on Sunday (September 26) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

The two stars were joined by Michael Shannon, John Lithgow, and James Monroe Inglehart, who were all part of the show as presenters and performers.

The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back! concert special celebrating the return of Broadway is airing NOW on CBS.

Hosted by Leslie Odom, Jr., the special includes performances from beloved classics and the three Best Musical nominees. It is also available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+ as well.

FYI: Robin wore a Canali ensemble.

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