|Laura Marie Duncan|
The 7 PM and 11 PM shows on Dec. 31 will 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."
As previously reported, the stage legend is being celebrated Oct. 7 during a star-studded, one-night-only celebration at the August Wilson Theatre. Read about the special benefit event here.
Rivera received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2002, making her the first Hispanic ever to receive the award. She also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
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