Photo Coverage: New Dramatists Honors Chita Rivera

May 19
3:54 PM 2006
Broadway legend Chita Rivera received New Dramatists' 2006 Career Achievement Award on Thursday, May 18th at the New York Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets) at their annual spring luncheon.

Among the many who turned out to pay tribute to Rivera were Patti LuPone, Daphne Rubin-Vega, LaChanze, Jim Dale, Robert Cuccioli, Michael Cerveris, Patricia Morison, Marian Seldes, Donna Murphy, John Kander and Sheldon Harnick.

Rivera has been a consistent and dynamic presence on Broadway for over half a century. She most recently starred in the New York-bound Kander and Ebb musical The Visit at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Rivera is a two-time Tony Award winner for The Rink and Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and also received nods for her performances in Nine (her most recent Broadway appearance), Jerry's Girls, Merlin, Bring Back Birdie, the original production of Chicago and Bye Bye, Birdie. Rivera originated the role of Anita in West Side Story, and has also been seen on Broadway in Can-Can, Mr. Wonderful, Shinbone Alley and Bajour, as well as in touring productions of Pippin and Sweet Charity. Rivera is a 2002 Kennedy Center Honoree.

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Daphne Rubin-Vega

Oliver Platt

Chita Rivera and Patricia Morison

Brandon Victor Dixon, Marsha Norman, LaChanze, Chita Rivera, Alice Walker and Allee Willis

Chita Rivera

Tony Roberts, Marge Champion, Chita Rivera, and Joyce Randolph

Chita Rivera and John Kander

Sheldon Harnick, Chita Rivera and John Kander

Jim Dale, Chita Rivera and Marian Seldes

Chita Rivera and Donna Murphy

Robert Cuccioli, Chita Rivera and Donna Murphy

Chita Rivera and Charles Strouse

Chita Rivera and Gerald Schoenfeld

Michael Cerveris, Chita Rivera, David Garrison and Oliver Platt

Shuler Hensley, Chita Rivera and John Lloyd Young

Chita Rivera and Lisa Kron

Chita Rivera and Todd London

Chita Rivera and Patti LuPone

Chita Rivera and Cherry Jones

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.