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CHITA RIVERA has no problem admitting that her long, celebrated career in musical theater has a downside.
Rivera is not the first actress who comes to mind.
That's why Rivera was floored when she got a call out of the blue from director Lisa Peterson, whom she had never met.
www.angelfire.com /musicals/chitarivera/BernardaAlba.html   (736 words)

Chita Rivera (born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero on January 23, 1933 in Washington, D.C.) is a Broadway musical actress and dancer of Puerto Rican heritage, and the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award.
Chita's mother, Katherine Figueroa, went to work for The Pentagon when Chita was seven years old and her father passed away; Chita's mother herself passed away in 1983.
Later, when Chita was 15, a teacher from George Balanchine's School of American Ballet visited their studio and Chita was one of two students picked to audition in New York City; she was accompanied to the audition by Doris Jones, one of the people who ran the Jones-Hayward School.
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 Chita Rivera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But it was not until September 26, 1957 that Chita made the transition from accomplished Broadway performer to a toast of the town Broadway star with her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story.
Chita's New York success was repeated in London, and she stayed with the show there for a year.
Chita is also particularly proud of her participation in the National Theater of the Deaf's presentation of The Road to Cordoba.
www.feinsteinsattheregency.com /biographies/rivera.html   (1114 words)

 Chita Rivera Tickets - Premium Broadway Tickets to Chita Rivera : The Dancers Life
This is a new musical celebrating the life and career of Chita Rivera, star of such musicals as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Bajour, Chicago, The Rink, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Rivera and company will celebrate some of her performances.
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 PUERTO RICO HERALD: For Chita Rivera, A Career With Legs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Rivera has carved out a niche in Broadway history, most famously for her dancing and durability but also for her considerable singing and acting gifts.
In Rivera's white-shingled home here, next to a towering grove of trees and its own smokehouse, the Tonys are tucked away, almost hidden in a crowded glass case along with crystal Lalique dancers.
Rivera is the first Hispanic American to receive the Kennedy Center Honors and the third Washingtonian, after the actress Helen Hayes and Edward Albee.
www.puertorico-herald.org /issues/2002/vol6n51/ChitaRivera-en.shtml   (2453 words)

 Chita Rivera Tickets - Chita Rivera Broadway Tickets
Born in Washington DC in 1933, Rivera was raised by parents that loved music and the arts, her father was a clarinet and saxophone player.
Chita Rivera has received two Tony awards, one for her 1984 role in The Rink, and another for her role in Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993.
Chita is still going strong, in December of 2005 she will star on Broadway again, this time in a performance based on her historical life, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life will open at the Schoenfield Theatre on December 11, 2005.
www.soldoutbroadwaytickets.com /chita_rivera.htm   (546 words)

 Variety.com - Reviews - Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
"Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" is a refreshingly upbeat stage autobiography, a cleverly structured, sparingly sentimental homage to the musical theater and the people who devote their careers to it.
But Rivera, and her adept writer-collaborator, Terrence McNally, know musical theater well enough to understand the best scenes in a musical are never spoken: Music and choreography can communicate the emotion of an event far better than a witty one-liner.
Rivera rejects such a template for her life -- no grand tears, barely a breath of tell-all dirt and no self-pitying struggles to overcome a lack of self-esteem.
www.variety.com /review/VE1117928431?categoryId=33   (1091 words)

 Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera: the Dancer's Life is a tour through landmark creations in the American theatre that were helmed by some of the greatest talents in its history, including Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Fosse, Peter Gennaro, Gower Champion, and Michael Kidd.
Chita's daughter, Lisa Mordente, serves as dance captain and is the swing for the female ensemble.
Chita was a sensation in the gala 10th anniversary performance of the current Broadway revival of Chicago on November 14, 2006 at the Ambassador Theatre.
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 2007 - Drama Desk Awards - CHITA RIVERA Host
Chita received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC in December, 2002, and is the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award.
But it was not until September 26, 1957 that Chita made the transition from accomplished Broadway performer to a toast of the town Broadway star with her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story.
Chita is also particularly proud of her participation in the National Theater of the Deaf's presentation of The Road to Cordoba.
www.dramadesk.com /2003Host.htm   (1190 words)

 The Dancers LIfe - Chita Rivera's memoir set to music - High kicking her way through Broadway history   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, now playing at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, chronicles Chita's rise to fame, revisiting her classic (and some not so classic) performances.
When Chita Rivera was a young gypsy, she dreamed of having a crossover, a solo line in an ensemble number.
But this night was about Chita, and at the end of the night, her sensual tangos and powerful ballads brought the full house to its feet, enraptured by this particular dancer's life.
www.lasplash.com /Entertainment/printer_The_Dancers_LIfe_-_Chita_Rivera_s_memoir_set_to_music_-_High_kicking_her_way_through_Broadway_history_.php   (1308 words)

 The Academy of Dance on Film > About the Academy > Honorary Chairpersons > Chita Rivera
Universally regarded as an American national treasure, Chita is a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center honor presented by the President of the United States.
Chita Rivera was born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 1933, with parents from Puerto Rico.
In a wry tribute to Chita's celebrated performance in Sweet Charity, she has a stunning cameo in the film version of Chicago - as a character named "Nickie." Despite the many highlights of her stellar and historic career, Chita always maintains that her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.
www.danceonfilm.org /about/Chita_Rivera.html   (598 words)

 Chita Rivera, The Dancer's Life
In other words, we are all too aware that we are watching a personal endeavor--a battle of sorts-- and so we concentrate not on the totality of the show, but on whether Chita Rivera, at her age, can still hoof it on stage.
Rivera comes across as ordinary and prosaic--certainly not a personality whose life should, or could be dramatized.
Rivera looks good, is made up well, has a superb body, and is wearing a becoming, flimsy dancer's garb.
www.nytheatre-wire.com /mc06021t.htm   (527 words)

 The Dancer's Life: Co-Starring Chita Rivera (BroadwayWorld.com)
The opening image is that of a young Chita (Liana Ortiz) listening to her father playing the saxophone and being inspired to move.
After a catchy new Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty tune where Rivera explains how her mother sent her to ballet class to keep the hyper-active kid from destroying the furniture, we’re introduced to her first teacher; a stern instructor who instilled the child with discipline and a love for dance.
Chita Rivera is perhaps Broadway’s greatest example of mature, serious acting as expressed through the fizz and excitement of song and dance.
www.broadwayworld.com /viewcolumn.cfm?colid=6609   (1065 words)

 Chita Rivera - The Dancer's Life on Broadway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Chita Rivera, soon to return to Broadway in Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, and David Hyde Pierce, a star of Spamalot, will light the 2004 Broadway Holiday Tree Dec. 7.
Chita Rivera, one of Broadway’s greatest performers and a bona fide living legend, is set to return to the Great White Way with her new show Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, which is currently in rehearsals.
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, the upcoming musical celebration of the life and art of Tony Award-winning Broadway gypsy Chita Rivera, will begin previews Nov. 23 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
www.thedancerslife.com /news.php   (288 words)

 Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
At the age of 72, Rivera is nothing short of miraculous as the star of a two-hour revue based on her 55-year career in the American musical theatre.
Despite her age, sporting a bouncy hairdo and a sexy fl outfit, Rivera is always the sweetest piece of eye candy on the stage.
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life is wittily propelled by Terrence McNally's snappy book, enhanced by gorgeous lighting effects designed by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, and stylishly energized by the toe-tapping contributions of musical director Mark Hummel (also responsible for musical concepts and arrangements).
www.backstage.com /bso/news_reviews/nyc/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001658805   (478 words)

 Chita Rivera stars in the truly unmissable 'Kiss'
Rivera reprises her New York performance, and for a city sorely lacking in theater with the depth and quality of Broadway, this powerful musical is, in a word, unmissable.
Rivera's awesome skill is best showcased in the show-stopping conga routine "Gimme Love." In fact, she is so good in this number it is not hard to imagine that her Broadway successors--Vanessa Williams and Maria Conchita Alonso--must have seemed half-baked in retrospect.
For all her fire and brimstone, though, Rivera's diva nearly finds her match in Chioran, whose witty Molina is a man's man and, at the same time, every bit the lovely lady.
www.usc.edu /student-affairs/dt/V127/N39/div2chita.39d.html   (1154 words)

 Chita Rivera: Broadway legend's career recapped in 'Dancer's Life' North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Rivera narrates the musical (with a book by her longtime friend and collaborator Terrence McNally), and with the help of a nine-member ensemble, she re-creates many of her career highlights.
Rivera was driving home from the theater one night in 1986 when she collided with a taxi and her left leg was broken in 12 places.
Daniele said her goal as director and choreographer of "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" is to introduce audiences to the real Chita.
nctimes.com /articles/2005/09/18/entertainment/theater/91405111626.txt   (1419 words)

 PUERTO RICO HERALD: Living Latina Legend Chita Rivera Lends Name To Good Cause   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Rivera, a former resident of Humacao, Puerto Rico, has maintained strong ties to the community's local performing arts school, The Palmas Academy.
Students, teachers, Gonzales and Rivera are looking to an unlikely hero -- twelve-year old William Fox -- to save the school.
Sitting next to Gonzales, Rivera recounted her own experiences with turning adversity into something positive when she was involved in a serious car accident.
www.puertorico-herald.org /issues/vol4n25/ChitaRivera-en.shtml   (526 words)

 Broadway: The American Musical . Stars Over Broadway . Chita Rivera | PBS
John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote the score, and they also devised and developed Chita Rivera's cabaret act, which included a number called "Losing," a reference to the number of Tony Award nominations she had received.
Rivera was finally awarded the coveted Tony Award -- and a Drama Desk Award -- when she co-starred with Liza Minnelli in "The Rink" (1984), another of Kander and Ebb's projects.
Shortly afterward, she was involved in a serious car accident that "mangled my leg from the knee down." After having 12 bolts inserted in the bones, she was back on Broadway, along with Leslie Uggams, Dorothy Loudon, and others, in "Jerry's Girls," a tribute to the composer Jerry Herman.
www.pbs.org /wnet/broadway/stars/rivera_c.html   (634 words)

 Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Chita Rivera   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In 1949, Rivera won a scholarship to George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, where the talented youngster was drenched in the brilliance and technique that nourish her art to this day.
Rivera created the role of Anita in Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' masterpiece, embodying the boldest and most distinctive elements of the show in a tour de force of acting, singing and dancing that redefined the American musical's frontiers for a new age.
Rivera spent much of the '90s as the elusive icon in The Kiss of the Spider Woman, earning some of the highest critical and popular praise of her extraordinary career on both sides of the Atlantic and her second Tony Award.
www.kennedy-center.org /calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showIndividual&entitY_id=3789&source_type=A   (918 words)

 Talkin' Broadway Review: Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Rivera's the only one singing, and she's the only one you see - resplendent in a glittery fl dress that accentuates her still-supple curves and legs that most 30-year-olds would kill for - but next to her throughout, invisible but in a piercing white spotlight of her own, is Verdon.
Rivera, who's been on Broadway since 1953's Can-Can and a genuine star since 1957's West Side Story, certainly has no trouble kicking up her heels even now, and if her singing is more tentative than it once was, she can still sell a song like no one else.
But as wonderful as Rivera is, and as fine a testament as she will always be to the "let's go on with the show" attitude that's classically typified Broadway gypsies, this show seldom allows her the opportunity to escape the ghosts of her past.
www.talkinbroadway.com /world/ChitaRivera.html   (1176 words)

 SSONET.com.au : Sydney Star Observer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
When Chita Rivera was a young girl, she had a dance teacher named Miss Jones.
Rivera obviously learned the lesson well, and has been doing things her way to great acclaim over the past six decades.
While Rivera admits West Side Story remains her favourite of all shows, there is a sense of dark irony as she tells it makes her angry that the show, with its tale of racial intolerance, is still relevant for modern audiences.
www.ssonet.com.au /display.asp?ArticleID=5600   (1015 words)

 Debbie Reynolds and Chita Rivera - Arts - Entertainment - smh.com.au
Two stars were born; Rivera arriving via a high-voltage character built of fiery ambition and set in a story of romance and racial division.
Rivera is a theatre animal with great discipline, dynamism and heart.
Rivera is a consummate cabaret artist in the league of Barbara Cook and Elaine Stritch, with a blend of power and intrigue that is unforgettable.
www.smh.com.au /news/arts/debbie-reynolds-and-chita-rivera/2006/08/13/1155407667260.html   (576 words)

 Review: 'Chita Rivera' an affecting memoir
Yet the performer, whose affecting theatrical memoir "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" opened Sunday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, radiates a youthful joy when she talks about her work on stage, particularly as a member of the ensemble.
Rivera's first theater gig, at age 17, was in the touring company of "Call Me Madam." That led to chorus stints in such shows as "Guys and Dolls" and "Can-Can" and later roles in "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Rink" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
Rivera recreates "Nowadays," their duet from "Chicago," and she shares the stage with a second spotlight, an empty space where Verdon once stood.
www.happynews.com /news/12122005/Review-Chita-Rivera-an-Affecting-Memoir.htm   (758 words)

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