Chita Rivera Plays Birdland Nov. 26-27

News   Chita Rivera Plays Birdland Nov. 26-27
 
Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, who was presented with the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, returns to Birdland Nov. 26.

Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

The famed singer-actor-dancer will play the intimate cabaret Nov. 26 and 27. Rivera will offer shows at 8:30 PM and 11 PM both nights.

Rivera will offer selections from her most celebrated musicals, including numbers from West Side Story Sweet Charity, Chicago, The Rink and more. She will be accompanied by a four-piece band led by music director Michael Croiter with Michael Patrick Walker, Jim Donica and Dan Willis.

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. Rivera was most recently on Broadway in Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. She was also seen in the Signature Theatre's production of The Visit.

Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. For more information call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.birdlandjazz.com.

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