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Photo Coverage: Opening Night Party for Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life

December 12
8:11 AM 2005
Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally and featuring a cast of 11, THE DANCER'S LIFE charts Chita Rivera's amazing journey from aspiring ballerina to Broadway legend. BroadwayWorld was there to cover the opening night party.

In story and song, she relives fascinating moments from the years she spent working with such greats as Bernstein, Fosse and Sondheim. And she performs knockout numbers from some of her biggest hits, including WEST SIDE STORY, CHICAGO, BYE BYE BIRDIE and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN.

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Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder

Tovah Feldshuh

Celeste Holm

Barbara Cook

Mario Vasquez

Shoshana Bean and Ben Vereen

Jennifer Cody and Hunter Foster

Jai Rodriguez

Renee Taylor

Bebe Neuwirth

Judine Richard

Michael Ball

Lola and Julio (Chita's sister and brother)

Schele Williams and Tommy Davidson

The woman of the hour arrives - Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

John Kander and Chita Rivera

John Kander and Chita Rivera

John Kander, Chita Rivera and Marty Bell

Chita Rivera and Marty Bell

Chita Rivera and Peter Lichtenthal

Chita Rivera

Liana Ortiz

Graciella Daniele and Jules Fisher

Tom Viola (BC/EFA), Chita Rivera, and Peter Lichtenthal (MAC)

Chita Rivera and Graciella Danielle

Chita Rivera, Mark Hummel, Graciella Danielle, and Jules Fisher

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez showing off her "I Just Saw CHITA" Button

Jim Caruso

Richard Montoya

Gary and Charlie Maffei

Malinda Farrington

Alex Sanchez and Lainie Sakakura

Phoebe Snow and John Lloyd Young

Alison Franck and John Lloyd Young

Angie Schworer

Sara Gettelfinger and Jim Borstelmann

Edgard Gallardo and Adriane Lenox

Richard Amaro

Lloyd Culbreath

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Allyson Tucker

Judy Kaye

Daniel Reichard


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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 (heartgallerynyc.org) 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 www.benstrothmann.com for more info.