Playbill Poll: From Clay Aiken to Liza Minnelli, Readers Pick Their Favorite Broadway Replacements

By Playbill Staff
07 Jul 2013

Vanessa Williams
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Eric Michaud: Vanessa Williams in Kiss - she was electric.
Michael Plosky: Vanessa Williams in Kiss of the Spider Woman!!! Chita was amazing and Vanessa breathed a new, sexier life into Aurora!!!

In 1994 Vanessa Williams replaced Tony Award winner Chita Rivera in the Tony-winning Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. Williams made her Broadway debut in Spider Woman and her performance was preserved on a second cast album of the dark musical - a Broadway rarity.