The Dancer's Life — with Tony Winner Rivera — to Play Seven-Show Week

News   The Dancer's Life — with Tony Winner Rivera — to Play Seven-Show Week Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life — starring the veteran Tony Award winner — will play a seven-performance week when it arrives on Broadway next month.

Chita Rivera in The Dancer's Life.
Chita Rivera in The Dancer's Life. Photo by Paul Kolnik

According to a production spokesperson, the musical — which is playing San Diego's Old Globe Theatre through Nov. 6 — will not offer Wednesday evening performances. The performance schedule at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre will be Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life is scheduled to begin previews on Broadway Nov. 23 with an official opening Dec. 11.

Boasting a book by Terrence McNally and direction by Graciela Daniele, The Dancer's Life stars Rivera with Liana Ortiz as Young Chita. The ensemble comprises Richard Amaro, Cleve Asbury, Lloyd Culbreath, Jasmine Perri, Madeleine Kelly, Malinda Farrington, Edgard Gallardo, Deirdre Goodwin, Richard Montoya, Lainie Sakakura, Alex Sanchez and Allyson Tucker.

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, according to production notes, is a "tour through landmark creations in the American theatre that were helmed by some of the greatest talents in its history, including Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion and Michael Kidd." The production will feature new songs by Ragtime's Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and will include numbers from West Side Story, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

The creative team for the new production includes Loy Arcenas (scenic design), Toni Leslie James (costume design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting design), Scott Lehrer (sound design) and Mark Hummel (musical direction). Writer McNally said in a statement, "Chita Rivera is our strongest link to the Golden Age of the American Musical. She worked with all the great choreographers and composers and was present at the creation of such seminal masterpieces as The Dance at the Gym from West Side Story when the talent in the room was a veritable Mount Rushmore of the American theatre: Bernstein, Sondheim, Robbins, Laurents and Prince. I hope our show reminds audiences of what that level of theatre was like and what it still can be if the talent, the technique and the passion are there. Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life looks back in order to look forward."

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.

Tickets for the Old Globe run are available by calling (619) 234-5623 or by visiting www.TheOldGlobe.org.

Tickets for Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life on Broadway ($55-$100) are on sale through Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or Telecharge.com. The Schoenfeld Theatre is located in Manhattan at 236 West 45th Street.

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