"How Lucky Can You Get?" Top 10 Moments of Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera Belting
By Ben Rimalower
05 Oct 2013
6. "How Lucky Can You Get?"
Having triumphed on Broadway in the Kander and Ebb musicals Chicago, The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, (not to mention out-of-town performances in Zorba and The Visit), it's no surprise that Chita would be a natural for other songs from the Kander and Ebb catalogue. One of my favorites, "How Lucky Can You Get?," which they wrote for Barbra Streisand in "Funny Lady" (and is one of the highlights of their songbook revue, And the World Goes Round), is perhaps more vocally rangy and difficult to sing than some of the material people would associate with Chita Rivera, let alone the average Broadway dancer. Well, Chita is not the average anything, and she delivers a thrilling version of this song, easily on par with renditions by Streisand and the other ladies known primarily as singers and not dancers.