"How Lucky Can You Get?" Top 10 Moments of Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera Belting
By Ben Rimalower
05 Oct 2013
7. "Follies Bergere"
David Leveaux's 2003 production of Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, was also blessed to feature Chita Rivera in a supporting role. Chita played Liliane LaFleur. Her big number, "Follies Bergere," was, of course, reconceived to make use of Chita's legendary legs, but it is the memory of her hearty, throaty rendition of the tune I will cherish most, along with the extended ovation — people literally hollering, "Brava, diva!" amidst the hoots and whistles.
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.