Three-time Tony honoree Chita Rivera will celebrate her upcoming memoir this spring, appearing In Conversation with friends and fellow Tony winners Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, and Laura Benanti as well as Rivera's co-writer, Patrick Pacheco.
As previously reported, Chita: A Memoir is due April 25 from HarperOne. The upcoming book will cover the West Side Story and Chicago star's early life and long Broadway career.
Rivera says, “I’ve long considered writing my memoirs, but I’ve never been one to look back…until now. Now it feels right and with Patrick Pacheco, I couldn’t be more pleased to pass on my experience to a new generation. I hope my words and thoughts about my life and career resonate and readers just might discover some things about me they never knew.”
Celebratory book events follow; tickets are currently on sale for all of the appearances.
April 24 at 7 PM in New York City with Nathan Lane at Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center; click here
April 30 at 3 PM in Poughkeepsie, New York, with Harvey Fierstein; click here
May 4 at 7 PM in Montclair, New Jersey, with Laura Benanti at Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival; click here
May 10 at 7 PM in Madison, Connecticut, with Patrick Pacheco at RJ Julia Booksellers at First Congregational Church; click here
May 15 at 7:30 PM in New York City with Patrick Pacheco at the Drama Book Shop; click here
With a more than 60–year career on Broadway, Rivera is perhaps best known for creating the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rose in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma in Chicago, and Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Tony Awards for Spider Woman and The Rink. She was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2018, recognizing a career that also includes performances in Nine, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and, most recently, The Visit. Rivera is closely associated with the writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, having starred in their musicals Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and The Visit, but the memoir will also cover working with such theatrical luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Bob Fosse, Dick Van Dyke, Arthur Laurents, Gwen Verdon, Leonard Bernstein, Liza Minnelli, and Hal Prince, among others.