Chita Rivera Plays New Year's Eve Engagement at 54 Below
31 Dec 2013
Photo by Laura Marie Duncan
Two-time Tony Award-winning theatre veteran Chita Rivera offers two special New Year's Eve concerts at 54 Below Dec. 31.
The 7 PM and 11 PM shows feature Rivera and her trio: music director Michael Croiter, Michael Patrick Walker and Jim Donica. The evenings also include a three-course dinner and a champagne toast. Tickets range $300-$400.
"It’s just different," Rivera said of performing her intimate nightclub act in a recent interview with Playbill.com. "You hear your own voice, you’re telling your own story, as opposed to the story of the playwright. It's a much more personal situation. In another way you feel closer to the audience, you’re exposing yourself. The first time I did it I thought I was going to die. [Laughs.] And the first time I was asked to do it, I said no because I need a character to play. But the interesting thing is you get to know yourself even better by doing something like that. You hear your own voice and you become introduced to yourself a bit more. So every level of the entertainment field is one where you can get to know yourself in different ways. I can thank Ron Field and Fred Ebb and John Kander for that exposure. It was when Fosse had his heart attack, and we had to quit Chicago for a while. And it was then that they said let’s do a nightclub act. And I said, 'Ooh, no!,' but I'm really glad I did."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.