Chita Rivera, Clive Davis, Tom Viola and More Set for Broadway's Marty Richards Memorial at Edison Ballroom, 4/8

At 6:30pm, on Monday, April 8th producer Marty Richards' feast of friends and loved ones will gather in celebration of his extremely accomplished life at The Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street) where they will be served a magnificent four-course dinner and be entertained by a star-studded retrospective of show-stopping numbers from Mr. Richards' acclaimed Broadway musicals including Chicago, On The Twentieth Century, The Life, Grand Hotel, Sweeney Todd, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Smell Of Success, The Will Rogers Follies and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.

Chita Rivera will serve as the evening's Mistress of Ceremonies, which is being produced and staged by The Producer Circle Co.'s Michael Milton and Dan Gallagher and will benefit The New York Center for Children. Seth Rudetsky will Musically Direct.

Special tributes will be made by Clive Davis (Five-time Grammy Award winning Music Industry Executive and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee), Tom Viola (Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids) and Michele Herbert (Former President of the Board of The New York Center For Children). Rabbi Adam Jacobs will deliver the evening's invocation.N

Donations: Benefactor Table at $10,000, reserved VIP seating for ten guests. Individual Ticket(s) at $1,000, reserved VIP seating. Individual Tickets at donation of your choice, discretionary seating.

As we all know, Marty embraced friends from all walks of life. In keeping with that spirit, donations are not required to attend this celebration of his life. Although, we do hope that you will be generous in your support of this organization that was so very dear to his heart.

Seating for this Memorial is extremely limited. For ticketing/donation information, contact: Although donations are not required, RSVPs are required for attendance.

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) was founded to evaluate, treat and prevent child abuse. Since 1995, NYCC has helped thousands of children heal from the trauma they have experienced. NYCC is a non-profit, privately funded organization that provides quality services in a child-friendly environment, free of charge. For more information, visit

An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. She just concluded a successful run starring in the new Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway. She starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer's Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele. She recreated her starring role in The Visit, the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (originally done at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago in 2001). She also starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American School of Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Chita's first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry's Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC in December, 2002 and is the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award. Chita's current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. On October 7, 2013 she will be honored with a star-studded concert on Broadway "Chita: A Legendary Celebration" to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at a theatre to be announced. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

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