"How Lucky Can You Get?" Top 10 Moments of Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera Belting
By Ben Rimalower
05 Oct 2013
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.
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.