|Photo by Catherine Ashmore|
ADAM HETRICK, Playbill.com Staff Writer
From the moment I spotted Chita Rivera on the cover of Theater Week magazine and saw the performance of "Where You Are" on the 1993 Tony Awards, my obsession as a 13-year-old became John Kander and Fred Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman.
As a Christmas gift, my parents bought tickets to see the Broadway production on Dec. 29, 1993, at 2 PM at the Broadhurst Theatre. The tickets were wrapped in a giant box that kept revealing smaller and smaller wrapped packages, like a Christmas nesting doll. At the bottom were three tickets for a performance just four days later in New York City. Spider Woman would be my second Broadway show after Phantom of the Opera two years before. I guess my family has a thing for Harold Prince musicals – my parents' first was A Little Night Music in 1973.
There was a big snowstorm, so my family took the Amtrak from Hershey, PA. We watched the snow fall while having lunch upstairs at Sardi's overlooking the Broadhurst. Adding to the jittery excitement, I had a stomach bug and lost my lunch at the restaurant right before the curtain went up. My parents were so worried I was going to be sick, but nothing was going to stop me from seeing Chita Rivera in the flesh.
I didn't get to meet Chita that day (though I have several times since), but they did send my Playbill backstage for her to sign. I still watch that Tony Awards performance and swear she's singing right to me when she says, "Turn off the lights and turn on your mind..."
|Previous 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 Next|