BWW TV Exclusive: Travel Back in Time to WEST SIDE STORY in Chita Rivera's PBS Special; Airs 11/6!
The dynamic Broadway singer, dancer, and actress Chita Rivera has created the iconic roles Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Velma in Chicago - to name a few memorable characters. The legend has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over 70 years. In this special that includes archival footage and new concert performances, her co-stars and collaborators Dick Van Dyke, John Kander, Carol Lawrence, Ben Vereen, and other luminaries pay tribute.
Below, we are excited to give you a special sneak peek of the special, which highlights her time in WEST SIDE STORY.
Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do sizzles onto THIRTEEN's Great Performances Friday, November 6 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings).
With originating roles in a host of other iconic Broadway shows including Mr. Wonderful, The Rink (with co-star Liza Minelli), Bajour, and Kiss of the Spider Woman, and major revivals of Nine (with Antonio Banderas), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and numerous others, Rivera was also a frequent guest star during the Golden Age of Television variety specials. In 2002, she became the first female honoree of Hispanic-American heritage to be feted at the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2009, she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This past season, Ms. Rivera returned to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in a Tony-nominated starring role in The Visit, the final collaboration of the legendary songwriting team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb with playwrightTerrence McNally.
Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do, a 60-minute career retrospective - features interviews, archival performance footage, and newly filmed songs from Rivera's concert repertoire including such numbers as "A Boy Like That," "America," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," "All That Jazz," and "Nowadays," the last is also a song on her latest solo album And Now I Swing.