Chita to Sing in the West End

News   Chita to Sing in the West End Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will make a rare West End appearance this fall in a show simply titled Chita Sings.
Chita Rivera in the Broadway production of A Dancer's Life
Chita Rivera in the Broadway production of A Dancer's Life

Variety reports that the veteran singer-dancer-actor will play the Wyndham's Theatre Sept. 10-22. The concerts will be an expanded version of the nightclub act Rivera performed at Feinstein's at the Regency in Manhattan. Theatregoers can expect to hear Rivera perform songs from West Side Story, Chicago and Sweet Charity, including such classics as "America," "Nowadays" and "Hey, Big Spender."

The show will be produced by Keith Turnipseed; it is part of the American Songbook in London series.

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.

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