Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera Loves Broadway Cares

By: Jan. 15, 2008
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The legendary Chita Rivera performed two sold-out shows Monday, January 14 at the legendary Birdland to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The show, entitled "Chita Loves Broadway Cares played" to star-studded audiences and received numerous standing ovations.

Chita performed songs from some of her most celebrated Broadway performances, including West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Chicago – and was inspired to stage these exclusive performances by her "Broadway family," the family and community of performers, creators and theatergoers from her multi-decade-long theater career. For both performances, Chita was joined by Music Director Carmel Dean on piano, Michael Croiter on drums and Jim Donica on bass.

For more information on Birdland (315 West 44th Street, between 8th & 9th Aves), call 212-581-3080 or visit

Photos by Mark Rupp

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera and Jim Caruso

Chita Rivera and Jim Caruso

Chita Rivera taking her final bow

Chita Rivera taking final bows

Chita Rivera and one of several standing ovations throughout the evening

Broadway Care's Tom Viola, Chita Rivera and Tony Stevens

Chita Rivera and John McDaniel

Phyllis Newman, Chita Rivera and Joel Grey

Carol Hall, Chita Rivera and Julie Gold

Jerry Mitchell, Chita Rivera and Max von Essen

Harvey Evans and Chita Rivera

Jack O'Brien and Chita Rivera

Mary Testa, Celeste Holm and Chita Rivera

Celeste Holm and Chita Rivera

Barbara Cook and Chita Rivera

Birdland owner Gianni Valente and Victoria Shaw

Jennifer Smith and Kevin Ligon

Barbara Cook and Harvey Evans

Carol Hall and husband Leonard Majzlin

Darren Holden and Chita Rivera

Mary Testa and Nat Chandler

Mary Testa, Jim Caruso and Nat Chandler

Michael John LaChiusa and guest

Tommy Tune and Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera and Raul Esparza

Hunter Bell, Chita Rivera and Barrett Foa

Chita Rivera and Billy Stritch

Steve Sorokoff and Chita Rivera

Marilyn Maye and Chita Rivera

Gianni Valente and Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera and Hilary Kole

Producer Jim Caruso and Chita Rivera (photo by Steve Sorokoff)

Photos by Jim Caruso

Lisa Lambert and Patrick Wetzel

l-r: Larry Grossman, Austin Miller, Angie Schworer, Troy Britton Johnson and Jerry Mitchell

Lisa Mordente, Cortes Alexander and Casey Paul

Jenna Russell, Producer David Babani and Daniel Evans

Michael James Scott and Jesse Nager

A backstage visit with Chita Rivera and a bevy of Broadway Dancers


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