celebrated her birthday, and the arrival of Dick Van Dyke in THE
DANCER'S LIFE with a special private party at Tony's DiNapoli Time
Square and BroadwayWorld was there to cover the celebrations.
accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Ms. Rivera has won
two Tony Awards (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink) and received six
additional Tony nominations. She recently starred on Broadway in the
revival of the musical Nine with Antonio Banderas.
In December, 2002, she received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in
Washington, DC. Ms. Rivera created the role of Velma Kelly in the
original Broadway production of Chicago opposite Gwen Verdon (1975) and
appears in the film version. Chita starred in the London, Las Vegas and
Toronto productions of Chicago The Musical. Her recent starring roles
include the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical The Visit (Goodman Theatre)
and The House of Bernarda Alba (Mark Taper Forum). Chita trained as a
ballerina (age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American
School of Ballet from the legendary George Balanchine. Her first
appearance (age 17) was in the chorus of Call Me Madam. Her electric
performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957)
brought her stardom, which was repeated in London. Her career is
highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie and Jerry's Girls
(original Broadway casts), Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and
Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday; The Rose Tattoo; Call Me Madam;
Threepenny Opera; Sweet Charity; Kiss Me, Kate; Zorba; and Can-Can with
the Rockettes. Chita played Nicky in the film version of Sweet Charity
with Shirley MacLaine.
Tickets for Chita Rivera:
THE DANCER'S LIFE ($56.25-$101.25) are available at the Schoenfeld
Theatre Box Office and via Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or
Telecharge.com. For more information, visit www.thedancerslife.com.