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Patti LuPone brings down the house with Evita performance at Grammy Awards

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The Grammys got its own dose of musical theater tonight!

Tony Award-winners and Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Ben Platt took to the Madison Square Garden stage at the 2018 Grammy Awards Sunday evening to perform a tribute to composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein.

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Platt, 24, took up the Bernstein portion of the tribute, singing “Somewhere” from West Side Story before LuPone, 68, brought down the house reprising her iconic Tony-winning role of Evita, singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” a number she previously performed on the 1981 Grammys.

The performance was the latest in Broadway moments at the Grammy Awards after Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast delivered a special live performance of that musical’s opening number from the stage of the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016.

Though there is a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album (which Dear Evan Hansen‘s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won earlier in the evening), Broadway doesn’t often get love on a show dedicated to more radio-friendly genres. Platt and LuPone are two of Broadway’s biggest stars — LuPone, legendary for many roles, most recently appeared last season in War Paint, while Platt cemented his place in Broadway history originating the title role in Dear Evan Hansen.