Jennifer Holliday Brings Tonys To Its Feet With Powerhouse 'Dreamgirls' Performance

The Broadway legend performed her signature song, 'And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the musical.

9/27/2021 5:16:00 AM

The Broadway legend performed her signature song, 'And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the musical.

The Broadway legend performed her signature song, 'And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the musical.

Singing the torch song that’s become her signature number for the past four decades, Holliday brilliantly communicated the anguish and pain behind the heartbreaking ballad, which felt as alive as ever on the Tonys stage.After Holliday’s final note, a cheer erupted almost immediately from the audience of masked and vaccinated attendees ― a requirement for this year’s ceremony ― who all jumped to their feet for a standing ovation.

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Holliday’s performance was so stirring that host Audra McDonald said she needed some time to recover before she introduced the next segment.Winners went on to to thank Holliday in their own speeches long after she left the stage, with Mary-Louise Parker saying she was “still crying” from the performance some time later.

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