„I wouldn’t be here without Chita blazing the trail”

Ariana DeBose remembers being late A Western Story star, Chita Rivera paid tribute at the Tony Awards. At the end of the tribute, the awards show host will take the stage and recreate the „America” ​​musical number.

„In January, we lost one of theaters’ brightest lights, the irreplaceable Cita Rivera,” DeBose said as she took the stage in her voice.

Rivera was remembered by Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald and Bebe Neuwirth.

„Chitta was a great friend and a great role model for anyone who knew her,” Mitchell said. “Everything I know about being a Broadway lead, I learned [Chita]. The small screen characters he created are unforgettable.

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Recalling Rivera’s roles as Rose, Mitchell took everyone down memory lane Bye Bye BirdieInside Velma Kelly ChicagoAnd Anita inside A Western Story.

„Cita redefined what it means to be Latina in show business,” Mitchell added. „She inspired generations of women. If she could do it, they could do it.

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DeBose returned to the stage in an iconic pink dress, saying, “I wouldn’t be here without a shot of Chita to all the followers. By her, I. From all of us Chita, we will always love you.

DeBose played the role of Anita in 2021 A Western Story A remake directed by Steven Spielberg.

Rivera died on January 30 this year at the age of 91 following a short illness.

Watch DeBose’s tribute in the video below.

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