Chita Rivera Coming to The Alden in McLean in February
Come celebrate the one and only Broadway legend CHITA RIVERA in a unique solo concert event celebrating her 80th Birthday, coming to The Alden in McLean for one night only on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information at www.aldentheatre.org or 703-790-0123.
Direct from her sold-out smash concert in New York, the multiple Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from "West Side Story;" "Sweet Charity;" "Chicago;" "Kiss of the Spider Woman;" "Bye, Bye, Birdie" and "The Rink." In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, with live accompaniment.
"A girl only turns 80 once in her life, thank God," Ms. Rivera said, " and I want everyone there as proof."
A native of Washington, D.C., a theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. This summer she re-created her starring role in The Visit, the new John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She recently starred in the new Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer's Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American School of Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Chita's first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry's Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in August, 2009. She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC in December, 2002 and is the first Hispanic woman ever chosen to receive this award. In May, 2013, she was appointed to a special Kennedy Center Honors Advisory Committee. Chita's current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing.