4. Kiss of the Spider Woman
Kiss of the Spider Woman is the second Kander and Ebb show for which Chita won a Tony Award, but in this case, I was lucky enough to see her in the show several times. I actually saw her in the show three times, but several sounds better because with Chita, more is more. Her performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman was a master class in commanding the stage and in acting through song and dance. (She had no dialogue scenes.) Of course, her big number "Where You Are" stopped the show cold and she was scintillating singing up a storm in the title song and moving in "I Do Miracles." I think my favorite moments, though, were her campy, belt-tastic "Russian Movie Star" exclaiming, "Viva la Guerra! Viva la Revolucion!" and her solo in the thrillingly climactic trio "Anything For Him," where she warned, "Soon, I feel it. Soon, somehow, I will have him any minute now," with the orchestra crashing around her. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
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