Chita Rivera Honored as Living Landmark November 1 | Playbill

Industry News Chita Rivera Honored as Living Landmark November 1 The New York Landmarks Conservancy also honors Shubert Foundation President and Columbia University legal scholar Michael I. Sovern.
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The New York Landmarks Conservancy hosts its 25th Living Landmarks Celebration November 1 at The Plaza. The evening honors distinguished New Yorkers from all professions as “Living Landmarks” for their contributions to the City.

Vasthey Mompoint, Philip J Smith, Robert E. Wankel, Michael I. Sovern, and Kelvin Moon Loh Walter McBride
Honorees include multiple Tony winner Chita Rivera, plus Stephen S. Lash, preservationist and Christie’s Americas Chairman Emeritus; parks designer Lynden B. Miller; philanthropists Liz and Jeffrey Peek; surgeon Thomas Sculco MD; educator Ruth Lande Shuman; Shubert Foundation President and Columbia University legal scholar Michael I. Sovern; and former MTA Chair Peter Stangl.

Living Landmark David Patrick Columbia hosts the celebration, and music is provided by Living Landmark Peter Duchin and his Orchestra.

“We are pleased to have honored so many distinguished New Yorkers since ‘Living Landmarks’ began 25 years ago,” said Peg Breen, president of The New York Landmarks Conservancy, in an earlier statement. “Their accomplishments, and dedication to New York, have inspired us all. This 25th anniversary will be another great salute to the City.”

Rivera won Tony Awards for her performances in The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She originated the role of Anita in the 1957 premiere of West Side Story and has appeared in the Broadway productions of Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Jerry's Girls, Merlin, Bajour, Can-Can, and Nine, as well as her autobiographical show, The Dancer's Life. Rivera originated the role of Claire Zachanassian in the Kander-Ebb-McNally musical The Visit, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009.

The Landmarks Conservancy is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and protecting the iconic buildings and diverse neighborhoods that define this vibrant and extraordinary City and is the only private organization that provides both financial and technical support in this effort.

Tickets for the gala start at $1,500; tables start at $15,000. Visit for more information.

Rivera has been a special guest performer on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Cabins are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the Rhône River 2 cruise April 7–14, 2019, featuring Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marc Kudisch, and Seth Rudetsky, and Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein September 1–9, 2019, with other celebrity guests to be announced! Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit

(Updated November 1, 2018)

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