Variety reports that playwright Terrence McNally is currently working on a solo show for Tony Award winner Chita Rivera. It will be a reunion, of sorts, for McNally and Rivera, who worked together during the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Visit at the Goodman Theatre in 2001. That musical was due to arrive at the Public Theater this season but was scrapped due to financial problems. The Rivera biographical evening will receive a workshop production next summer at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. The industry paper says that Marty Bell will produce the workshop with direction by Graciela Daniele. Rivera joins a line of recent solo evenings, including the Tony nominated Bea Arthur on Broadway and the Tony-winning Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in 1933, Chita Rivera is one of the theatre's most acclaimed performers. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in two Kander and Ebb musicals, The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, and was also nominated for her work in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Bring Back Birdie, Merlin, Jerry's Girls and her most recent outing, the Tony-winning revival of Nine. Rivera's other Broadway credits include the musical Seventh Heaven, her Broadway debut; Mr. Wonderful; the original production of West Side Story; and Bajour. She appeared in the film version of "Sweet Charity," starred in the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Visit, and also headlined Bernarda Alba at the Mark Taper Forum.