Chita Rivera Is Matriarch in March 29 Roundabout Reading of New Musical The Distant Bells

News   Chita Rivera Is Matriarch in March 29 Roundabout Reading of New Musical The Distant Bells
 
Roundabout Theatre Company is behind a reading of a new original musical called The Distant Bells, featuring Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, famed for West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman.  A private invitation-only presentation is being held March 29.

Chita Rivera
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With music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker (Drama Desk nominee for the music and lyrics of Altar Boyz) and book by Howard Emanuel, the musical tells the story of Margaret Bell (played by Rivera) and her relationship with her daughters, her dead husband and herself.

Olivier Award-nominated director Stafford Arima (London's Ragtime, Off-Broadway's Altar Boyz and the upcoming Off-Broadway Carrie) stages the reading. Lynne Shankel (Cry-Baby, Vanities, Summer of '42) is the musical director.

The cast also includes Rachel York, Ana Gasteyer, Christopher Sieber, James Snyder, Andy Mientus and Jason Tam.

Arima and Walker previously worked together on Roundabout's production of The Tin Pan Alley Rag, and Rivera was Tony-nominated for her role in Roundabout's Nine.

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