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 www.BirdlandJazz.com

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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