Yet another example of how conversational Chita Rivera's song performances are is Bye Bye Birdie, where Chita's own relatable American accent contradicts Mrs. Peterson's view of her as the fiery Spanish Rose and helps ensure that we as the audience (and indeed as the home listener!) are on Rosie's side. This starts right up top with a Chita solo so strong no less than Gower Champion felt confident opening the show with it: "An English Teacher." Thanks to Seth Rudetsky for this terrific deconstruction.
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.