Star Quality: Broadway's Best Belting

By Ben Rimalower
19 Apr 2014



Chita Rivera
Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

6. Chita Rivera, Kiss of the Spider Woman

Broadway's greatest dancing star is also one of its greatest belters. Chita sounds like no one else and no one can touch her irreplaceable star turns. I consider myself so lucky to have caught Her Luminosity (Chita should be referred to like royalty) in Kiss Of The Spider Woman twice, and it was an ongoing master class in Broadway stardom. She was 100% devoted to the text while engaging the audience with her every breath. This primed us in our seats to fully fly with her on such exciting Kander & Ebb numbers as the title song, "Where You Are" and the stormy "Anything For Him."

Honorable Mention: Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, The Rink

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