Chita Rivera to Perform BC/EFA Benefit Concerts in January

News   Chita Rivera to Perform BC/EFA Benefit Concerts in January Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will perform two benefit concerts Jan. 14, 2008, at Birdland.
Tony Award winner Chita Rivera
Tony Award winner Chita Rivera

Part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series, 100 percent of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Show times are 7 and 10 PM.

In a statement Rivera said, "I have been so fortunate to have found such unbelievable family, love and support within the Broadway community. I'm thrilled to team with Broadway at Birdland for this special show to support the truly essential Broadway Cares, especially in these challenging weeks following last month's strike. I can't wait; it's going to be a really great night!"

Rivera is expected to offer tunes from her legendary musical theatre career, including songs from West Side Story ("America"), Sweet Charity ("Where Am I Going?" and "Big Spender"), Chicago ("All That Jazz" and "Nowadays") and The Rink ("Chief Cook and Bottle Washer"). Rivera will be joined onstage by music director Carmel Dean on piano, Michael Croiter on drums and Jim Donica on bass.

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, which officially opened Dec. 11, 2005. That production played 20 previews and 72 regular performances before closing Feb. 19, 2006. Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. Tickets, priced $40 and $100, are available by calling (212) 581-3080 or by visiting www.birdlandjazz.com.