The legendary performer will play her first performances in Australia in August. From Aug. 12-19, the actress-singer-dancer will perform at the Sydney Opera House's intimate The Studio, and she'll then head to Melbourne's Sofitel Supper Club for performances Aug. 26-29. Concertgoers can expect to hear such tunes as "America," "All That Jazz," "Big Spender," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Carousel," "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "Every Street's a Boulevard." Rivera will be accompanied on piano by musical director David Krane.
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, Nine and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. 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.
Tickets for Rivera's Sydney engagement are available by calling 011 61 2 9250 7777 or by visiting www.sydneyoperahouse.com. Those who wish to see Rivera in Melbourne should call 011 61 3 9653 7744 or visit www.sofitelmelbourne.com.au.