The Screening Room: 2015 Tony-Nominated Best Leading Actress in a Musical, The Visit's Chita Rivera | Playbill

News The Screening Room: 2015 Tony-Nominated Best Leading Actress in a Musical, The Visit's Chita Rivera
Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera has been nominated for her performance in The Visit, the haunting new Kander and Ebb musical about revenge and romance. The production marks Rivera's 17th Broadway show. is taking a look back at the Broadway legend's career.

Rivera is a Tony Award winner for her performances in The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She has been nominated for her performances in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Bring Back Birdie, Merlin, Jerry's Girls, Nine, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life and The Visit. She has also been seen on Broadway in Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, Mr. Wonderful, Shinbone Alley and West Side Story, among others. Rivera is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and the first Latina woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors Award.

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Chita and Liza Minnelli celebrate Kander and Ebb at the Tony Awards:

Rivera performs "Spanish Rose" from Bye Bye Birdie on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Rivera, Rita Moreno and Bette Midler join forces for "America" from West Side Story.

Chita as Evita? She belts and dances her way through a fantastic "Buenos Aires" at the Tony Awards:

"America" and "All That Jazz":

Rivera and Gwen Verdon performing "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago:


Rivera pays tribute to Jerry Herman at the Kennedy Center Honors:

Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman:

 "I Believe in You" alongside Judy Garland:

"The Shriner Ballet" from Bye Bye Birdie:

Rivera talks about West Side Story:

"Where You Are" from Kiss of the Spider Woman:

Rivera and Verdon perform "All That Jazz" and "Nowadays" at the Tony Awards:

Rivera and the cast of Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Tony Awards:

Rivera sings "All That Jazz" in concert:

Rivera and Liza Minnelli sing "The Apple Doesn't Fall" from The Rink:

 Rivera wins the Tony Award in 1984 for The Rink:

Rivera wins the Tony Award in 1993 for Kiss of a Spider Woman:

Highlights from The Dancer's Life:

Inspiration for Spider Woman? Rivera performs Blood, Sweat, & Tears' "Lucretia McEvil" on "The Carol Burnett Show":

Rivera conjures some 60's camp with some all-male dancers in "Pretty for Me" on "The Hollywood Palace":

Rivera performing from Bajour:

Rivera and Juliet Prowse perform "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" and "If They Could See Me Now" from Sweet Charity at the 1985 Tony Awards:

Rivera, Ann Reinking and Donna McKechnie sing "Let Me Entertain You":

Last, but certainly not least! Rivera's latest, Tony-nominated performance in Kander and Ebb's The Visit on Broadway:


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