Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will make her Carnegie Hall solo debut November 7 at 8 PM with Chita: Nowadays. Directed by Graciela Daniele, the evening promises favorites from Rivera’s career, as well as new material and special collaborations with her guest stars, including Alan Cumming and Andy Karl.
A “very unique version” of “America” from West Side Story is also promised. Michael Croiter will lead a 15-piece band.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to play one of the most prestigious venues in the world, Carnegie Hall. We’re going to have a ball!” Rivera said in a statement.
The evening is produced by Daniel Nardicio. “Chita is a national treasure, musical theater goddess, and as anyone who knows her can attest, one incredible lady,” Nardicio said in a statement. “Once I tackled Carnegie Hall with Alan Cumming and we nailed it with a sold-out show, speaking with friend, and Chita’s music director, Michael Croiter we came up with the idea to honor Chita’s career in a huge celebration.”
Rivera won Tony Awards for her performances in The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She originated the role of Anita in the 1957 premiere of West Side Story and has appeared in the Broadway productions of Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Jerry's Girls, Merlin, Bajour, Can-Can and Nine, as well as her autobiographical show The Dancer's Life. Rivera originated the role of Claire Zachanassian in the Kander-Ebb-McNally musical The Visit, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. She was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Tickets are $49-$135. Premium seat packages that include admission to the after party and signed CDs are also available. Visit ChitaInConcert.com for more information.