Williamstown Theatre Festival will soon present The Visit, which runs on the Main Stage from July 31 through August 17. In her Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, in The Visit. When Claire returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth, the locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford? Go inside rehearsals with the video below!
Featuring Festival favorite and Tony Award winner Roger Rees (director of WTF's Herringbone, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby) and helmed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (WTF's Ten Cents a Dance, Sweeney Todd), this incendiary musical is one of the last collaborations between the incomparable John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valor! Compassion!) and choreography by the legendary Graciela Daniele (Ragtime, Annie Get Your Gun).
In addition to Roger Rees and Chita Rivera, the cast of The Visit includes John Bambery (WTF's June Moon), Jason Danieley (Curtains, Next to Normal), Matthew Deming, Diana DiMarzio (WTF's June Moon, Sweeney Todd), Melanie Field (WTF's June Moon, Evita), David Garrison (WTF's Travesties), Rick Holmes (WTF's June Moon, Spamalot),Judy Kuhn (Passion, LES MISERABLES), Jude McCormick, Tom Nelis (WTF's Six Degrees of Separation, Passion),Chris Newcomer (Chicago), Aaron Ramey (Young Frankenstein, Curtains), Timothy Shew (WTF's June Moon, LES MISERABLES), and Michelle Veintimilla.
Tickets for all Williamstown Theatre Festival productions can be purchased online at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-597-3400, or in person at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 02167.