Rivera Disappointed By Postponement of Chita Sings

News   Rivera Disappointed By Postponement of Chita Sings
On Aug. 14 it was reported that the London debut of Chita Sings — an expanded version of Chita Rivera's acclaimed cabaret act at Feinstein's at the Regency — had been postponed.

Tony Award winner Rivera had been scheduled to perform Chita Sings at the Wyndham's Theatre Sept. 10-22. The show was to be produced by Keith Turnipseed as part of the American Songbook in London series.

In a statement released Aug. 15, Rivera says, "I am very disappointed that my return to the West End in September has been postponed. I want all my fans in the UK to know that this was not my choice and beyond my control. I was so looking forward to returning to London, a city I adore, and I certainly hope that another date can be arranged in the near future. See you soon."

Accompanied by conductor David Krane, Rivera was due to perform many of the songs she made famous, including "A Boy Like That" from West Side Story (Rivera created the role of Anita in that classic musical). Other songs in Chita Sings include "All That Jazz"; "Nowadays" and "Class" from Chicago; and "Big Spender," "Where Am I Going?" and "Something Better Than This" from Sweet Charity.

Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in 1933, Chita Rivera is one of the theatre's most acclaimed performers. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in two Kander and Ebb musicals, The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, and was also nominated for her work in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Bring Back Birdie, Merlin, Jerry's Girls and her most recent outing, the Tony-winning revival of Nine. Rivera's other Broadway credits include the musical Seventh Heaven, her Broadway debut; Mr. Wonderful; the original production of West Side Story; and Bajour. She appeared in the film version of "Sweet Charity," starred in the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Visit, and also headlined Bernarda Alba at the Mark Taper Forum.

Rivera was most recently on Broadway in Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, which officially opened Dec. 11, 2005. That production played 20 previews and 72 regular performances before closing Feb. 19, 2006.

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