Chita Rivera Postpones January Feinstein's/54 Below Engagement Due to Illness

Cabaret & Concert News   Chita Rivera Postpones January Feinstein's/54 Below Engagement Due to Illness
The two-time Tony winner is on doctor-ordered vocal rest.
Chita Rivera

Two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera, who was scheduled to play Feinstein’s/54 Below January 9-19, has postponed the engagement due to illness.

The nightclub posted on Twitter January 4, "Chita Rivera's engagement has been postponed to May 27, 28, 30, 31, and June 1 & 4. Ms. Rivera is on doctor-ordered vocal rest due to issues resulting from a virus. Our box office will contact ticket holders. We look forward to having Chita back & wish her a speedy recovery."

In her rescheduled engagement Rivera is expected to share songs and stories from her history-making performances in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and more.

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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 also starred in the Broadway productions of Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, Jerry's Girls, Merlin, Bajour, Can-Can, Nine, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, as well as her autobiographical show, The Dancer's Life, in 2005. Rivera played Claire Zachanassian in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. She made her screen debut in the 1969 film version of Sweet Charity, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. She was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2018.


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 April 7–14, featuring Melissa Errico, Norm Lewis, Rebecca Luker, Marc Kudisch, and Seth Rudetsky, and Broadway in the Great Northwest, Playbill Travel’s first domestic cruise, will bring passengers on a journey through the Pacific Northwest from April 26–May 4, 2020. Playbill Travel is currently accepting waitlist travelers for its sold out cruises: Broadway in Bordeaux With Michael Feinstein (September 1–9) and Broadway on the High Seas: The Greek Isles (June 24–July 1). Call Playbill Travel for tickets at 866-455-6789 or visit

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