The Actors Fund and the Vineyard Theatre will present a one-night-only benefit concert performance of THE VISIT, starring Broadway stage legends and Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and John Cullum. The cast met the press today, and BroadwayWorld wa sthere for the festivities. Check out a preview of the event below, and check back later for full photo coverage!

Directed by Carl Andress with choreography by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch and musical supervision and vocal/dance arrangements by David Loud, the performance will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre (219 West 49th Street), the current home of the celebrated revival of Kander & Ebb's worldwide smash Chicago.

THE VISIT is a new musical based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) with a book by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, music by Tony Award winner John Kander and lyrics by Tony Award winner Fred Ebb.

Claire Zachanassian (Rivera) was driven from her hometown in disgrace when she was 17, having been betrayed by her lover Anton Schell (Cullum). Several decades and seven husbands later, Zachanassian has become the richest woman in the world, yet her hometown has fallen on hard times. When Zachanassian returns with an offer to save the town, salvation comes with an outrageous price tag.

THE VISIT features Linda BalgordD.B. BondsMatthew DemingAlan H. GreenJames HarmsMichael Hayward-Jones, Joy Hermalym, Howard KayeDoug KreegerMary Ann Lamb, Jerry LanningRyan LoweBrianne MooreKaren MurphyBrian O'BrienKevin ReedHal Robinson,Dana SteingoldRebecca StrimaitisJeremy Webb and Tony Award nominee Mark Jacoby as The Mayor.

THE VISIT had its world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and was subsequently produced at The Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. This one-night-only concert event of THE VISIT is sponsored by United Airlines, the New York Marriott Marquis and The New York Times.

Tickets for the one-night-only benefit are now on sale and are priced at $500, $250, $150, $100. Tickets are available by calling (212) 221-7300 ext. 133, by emailing or by visiting or All proceeds from THE VISIT will benefit The Actors Fund and the Vineyard Theatre.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride


Chita Rivera & John Cullum

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.