The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera

By Megan Dekic
23 Jan 2014



After appearing in the short-lived Bring Back Birdie and Merlin, Rivera starred opposite Liza Minnelli in The Rink. With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Terrence McNally, the production opened Feb. 9, 1984, at the Martin Beck Theatre.

Frank Rich of the New York Times praised Rivera's powerhouse performance: "Her voice is firm and sparky; her crinkly smile, often forced in recent years, is spontaneous; her taut dancer's body is in perfect concord with the music's beat." Rivera was awarded the 1984 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Anna, beating out her co-star Minnelli.

Read the Playbill for The Rink here.

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