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Tony Awards Past Highlights: Jennifer Holliday singing from Dream Girls, 1982 and 2012

Here is Jennifer Holliday singing the showstopping number from “Dreamgirls,” “And I Am Telling You…I’m Not Going,” on the 1982 Tony Awards.

Here she is 30 years later, singing the same song in a duet with American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez

Which do you like better?

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

5 Responses to Tony Awards Past Highlights: Jennifer Holliday singing from Dream Girls, 1982 and 2012

  1. Although there is nothing like the original, the one with @JSanchezAI11 was an #EPIC moment on @AmericanIdol Great Job ladies!

  2. Bev says:

    THIS WAS THE BEST EVER ! JESSICA SANCHEZ WON HANDS DOWN IN MY BOOK !!!!!

  3. Congratulations for the great Jennifer Holiday ! You truly are a Living Legend.of today, You inspired so many promising singer around the world with your music and praise & love for God ! especially to Jessica Sanchez who are truly honored to experience the Love of God through You! We thank You.We Respect You.We Love You. May God Bless You!

  4. simplejoy says:

    Both performances were great. But i witness in AI performance the most amazing duet i ever heard and one of the greatest in AI history. Rarely, i am carried away by performances heard live but their duet was full of emotions and felt i am combusting at the end. Since Jessica is young, sometimes emotions is lacking from her performances but in their duet Jennifer really gives her the energy so she will showcase her best, as if i witness a master class. Congrats to both of them! Great job!

  5. littledot says:

    nothing beats the original. but the idol duet was A M A Z I N G! quoting Melinda Doolittle, ms jay’s and jessica’s performance esp the “..love me…” part towards the end of the song, “was like watching a masterclass” in action. Ms Jay should mentor young singers to know how to TRULY pay respect to a song. God bless you with more years of singing and sharing <3 <3 🙂

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