"How Lucky Can You Get?" Top 10 Moments of Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera Belting
By Ben Rimalower
05 Oct 2013
They say that Bob Fosse's original 1975 production of Chicago failed to make a big impact on mainstream culture because it was overshadowed by the same year's watershed A Chorus Line or because culturally we weren't as tuned into that kind of celebrity criminal idea until decades later. Now, in light of phenomenal success of Chicago's (still running) 1996 revival and the Academy Award-winning 2002 film, it's hard to believe the production with Chita Rivera (and, not to mention, Gwen Verdon) was less successful. Certainly, and without a doubt, no one has ever belted "All That Jazz" with more passion and style than Chita Rivera.
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.