PHOTO CALL: Chita Rivera Stars in Kander and Ebb's The Visit at Williamstown

By Krissie Fullerton
04 Aug 2014

Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera stars in a new staging of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit, based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 play about a scorned woman who returns to her impoverished town seeking the ultimate revenge. The production opened Aug. 2 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

According to Williamstown, "Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, in The Visit. When Claire returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth, the locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford?"

The cast also includes Tony Award winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickelby, Peter and the Starcatcher), John Bambery (June Moon), Jason Danieley (Curtains, Next to Normal), Matthew Deming, Diana DiMarzio (Sweeney Todd), Melanie Field (Evita), David Garrison (Titanic), Rick Holmes (Spamalot), Judy Kuhn (Passion, Fun Home), Jude McCormick, Tom Nelis (Passion), Chris Newcomer (Chicago), Aaron Ramey (Young Frankenstein, Curtains), Timothy Shew (Evita, Les Misérables) and Michelle Veintimilla.

Here's a look at the production:

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Chita Rivera and the cast of The Visit
Photo by T. Charles Erickson


For more information, please visit WTFestival.org.