Rivera made her return to the Broadway stage after last appearing in a Tony Award winning turn in 1993's Kiss of the Spider Woman. The actress, known for her roles in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago and The Rink, filled the shoes of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's character Liliane in Nine, singing the song "Folies Bergeres," complete with a dance break in which Rivera and Banderas performed a tango.
Nine marked the first major singing role for film star Masterson, who has been seen in such films as "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Benny & Joon" and "Fried Green Tomatoes." The actress previously told Playbill On-Line, "Technically speaking, I had one line in [the 1982 revival of] Alice in Wonderland. I understudied Kate Burton, but I played the Four of Hearts and I was the Small White Rabbit."
Rivera and Masterson vied for the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony with co-star Jane Krakowski, Gypsy's Tammy Blanchard and Movin' Out's Ashley Tuttle. Krakowski took home the prize. Rivera's publicist and Masterson's agent confirmed their exits.
Banderas and Jane Krakowski were previously announced to leave on the same day. Laura Benanti was replaced by Rebecca Luker in the role of film star Claudia, Sept. 2. John Stamos — who replaces Banderas — is the only replacement actor currently confirmed by a production spokesperson.
Nine began performances at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10 for a limited run originally scheduled through June 29. Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. Tickets are currently available for dates through Jan. 4, 2004. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.