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Chita Rivera to perform at the 2018 Olivier Awards as performance details announced

The broadcast details for the evening have also been announced.

Chita Rivera and Olivier Award nominee Giles Terera in Hamilton
Chita Rivera and Olivier Award nominee Giles Terera in Hamilton
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Further details have been revealed for the 2018 Olivier Awards, which take place on 8 April at the Royal Albert Hall.

The ceremony will be broadcast live around the world on the Olivier Awards Facebook page and on ITV at 22:20.

There will be special performances during the ceremony. American legend Chita Rivera will perform the West Side Story number "Somewhere" to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London. She will be accompanied by Andy Karl (Groundhog Day Olivier Award winner), Adam J Bernard (Dreamgirls Olivier Award winner) and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir.

The West End cast of Hamilton will open the show with a rendition of "Alexander Hamilton", with the musical breaking records with 13 Olivier Award nominations earlier this year.

The 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will be commemorated with past stars returning including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope.

The ceremony will also see performances from John McCrea and the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheila Atim and the cast of Girl From The North Country, Lesley Joseph and the cast of Young Frankenstein, Tracie Bennett from Follies and the cast of 42nd Street.

The show will be hosted by actor and comedian Catherine Tate.

The Olivier Awards take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8 April.