Chita Rivera and Marin Mazzie Among Stars Paying Tribute to Anastasia Playwright | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News Chita Rivera and Marin Mazzie Among Stars Paying Tribute to Anastasia Playwright Classic Stage Company is saluting playwright Terrence McNally as part of its 50th anniversary season.
Marin Mazzie
Marin Mazzie

Chita Rivera, Marin Mazzie, and Jason Danieley will pay tribute to Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally at Classic Stage Company’s 50th anniversary celebration October 5 at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City.

The Off-Broadway theatre company chose the stars, who have appeared in multiple McNally stage projects including Kiss of the Spider Woman (Rivera, who won a Tony for her performance in the title role), Ragtime (Mazzie, who earned a Tony nomination), The Full Monty (which co-starred Danieley), and The Visit (in which both Danieley and Rivera appeared).

McNally and the three stars will take part in “an intimate evening of conversation and music” to benefit CSC, which is planning to present the world premiere of McNally’s Fire and Air, about the Ballet Russes, later this season. John Doyle will direct.

The prolific McNally is author of two dozen plays and musicals, including The Rink, Master Class, Catch Me If You Can, The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and the current Anastasia. He has won the Tony Award for Best Play or Best Book of a Musical four times, and has been nominated seven times. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1994 for A Perfect Ganesh.

Tickets for An Evening With Terrence McNally and Friends range from $100 to $500 and are available by contacting Leah Cox at [email protected] or by calling (212) 677-4210, ext 24.

Classic Stage Company is located at 136 East 13th Street in Manhattan. Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street.


Rivera, Mazzie, and Danieley have all been special guest performers on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are available for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein for November 3–13, 2017, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Marc Kudisch, Christopher Sieber, Brandon Uranowitz, and Seth Rudetsky, as well as other exciting talent to be announced.

Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit for booking and information.

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