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Photo Flash: Terrence McNally, Alan Cumming, and More Attend CHITA'S BACK! at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Terrence McNally, Alan Cumming, and More Attend CHITA'S BACK! at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2014

There was a happening on West 44th Street! For a week, Chita Rivera brought her joyful, razzle-dazzling nightclub act to Birdland, which she calls her favorite room in the city. “These walls are filled with the best music! Playing Birdland just makes me feel cool,” she proclaimed. As if her iconic Broadway career wasn't cool enough, “Chita's Back” was a concert for the history books – with the ever-youthful legend in fine fettle; singing, dancing and telling some of the best insider stories any theater-lover could hope for. Material from Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, West Side Story and The Visitwere included, as well as a James Taylor duet with daughter, Lisa Mordente. The swinging was band led by guitarist/percussionist Michael Croiter, with Michael Patrick Walker on piano, Jim Donica on bass, and Dan Willis on saxophone. (more...)

Chita Rivera's LEGENDARY CELEBRATION Raises Over $413,000 for BC/EFAChita Rivera's LEGENDARY CELEBRATION Raises Over $413,000 for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2013

A sizzling evening of song and dance honoring and starring theatrical icon Chita Rivera raised a remarkable $413,660 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION Announces $40 Rush TicketsCHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION Announces $40 Rush Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2013

An extremely limited number of $40 rush tickets to the spectacular benefit concert honoring and starring Chita Rivera will be released for sale at 6:30 pm Monday, October 7, 2013. (more...)

Breaking News: Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen to Join Chita Rivera in Birthday Benefit Concert for BC/EFA!Breaking News: Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen to Join Chita Rivera in Birthday Benefit Concert for BC/EFA!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2013

Tony Award winners Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen will join theatrical icon Chita Rivera in a spectacular benefit concert honoring and starring Rivera as she celebrates her 80th birthday. Chita: A Legendary Celebration will play the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52 Street, New York City) at 8 pm on Monday, October 7, 2013. The one-night-only performance will be produced by and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. (more...)

Photo Flash: Backstage at BABALU with Esparza, Arnaz et al. - Sneak Peek!Photo Flash: Backstage at BABALU with Esparza, Arnaz et al. - Sneak Peek!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2010

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County opened the special engagement of BABALU, a loving tribute and phenomenal stage show celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Desi Arnaz last night, July 8. The show will run through July 11. Created, directed, and hosted by Lucie Arnaz, BABALU's engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center multiple Tony Award-nominee and Miami native Raúl Esparza, Broadway's Tony-nominated diva of dance Valarie Pettiford and in a rare, special guest appearance, Desi Arnaz, Jr. playing percussion on his father's classic hits. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a preview of the backstage photo coverage. Check back soon for complete coverage of the event. (more...)

BABALU: Celebrating The Music Of Desi ArnazBABALU: Celebrating The Music Of Desi Arnaz
by Beau Higgins - Jul 9, 2010

BABALU was a fine night at the theater. I am not positive yet if it is a revue, a nightclub act, or a Broadway musical trying to find its way. Filled with the music of Desi Arnaz, and a few others, this show is a love letter from Lucie Arnaz to her much adored father, Desi. She talks a lot about her father, sings and dances to music from his career and spends the performance as a charming host. Lucie looks beautiful, and her singing is wonderful. She appears to be having a fine time, and certainly wants the audience to have a great time. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Esparza, Arnaz, Pettiford and More in BABALU - Sneak Peek!STAGE TUBE: Esparza, Arnaz, Pettiford and More in BABALU - Sneak Peek!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 7, 2010

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County presents the special engagement of BABALU, a loving tribute and phenomenal stage show celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Desi Arnaz from July 8 - July 11. Created, directed, and hosted by Lucie Arnaz, BABALU's engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center multiple Tony Award-nominee and Miami native Raúl Esparza, Broadway's Tony-nominated diva of dance Valarie Pettiford and in a rare, special guest appearance, Desi Arnaz, Jr. playing percussion on his father's classic hits. (more...)

RAMON DEL BARRIO: The Man Who Makes BABALU Dance!RAMON DEL BARRIO: The Man Who Makes BABALU Dance!
by Beau Higgins - Jul 4, 2010

Ramon Del Barrio has been in show business for some forty years. At the age of seven he became a Billy The Kid clothing model, officially entering this business we call show. Joining us as we travel through Ramon's life will be such names as JERSEY BOYS, GUYS & DOLLS, CHITA RIVERA, DONNA McKECHNIE, FRED ASTAIRE, GENE KELLY, BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, DESI ARNAZ, JOSE FERRER, JUDITH JAMISON, DES McANUFF, BOB FOSSE, MICHAEL BENNETT, LUCIE ARNAZ, and a few others. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for National Tour of The Dancer's Life
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2006

Full casting has been announced for the national tour of A Dancer's Life, starring Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera (more...)


by That's Kentertainment! - Dec 3, 2006

On this 4th Anniversary Special, spend time with Ken and Chita Rivera, Ben Stiller, Jai Rodriguez, Phoebe Snow, Judy Kay, Dick Van Dyke, Bebe Neuwirth, Ben Vereen and more! (more...)

Rivera Featured on 4th Anniversary 'That's Kentertainment'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2006

Chita Rivera will be featured on this weeks That's Kentertainment! (more...)

Photo Coverage: An Evening of Latin RhythmsPhoto Coverage: An Evening of Latin Rhythms
by Walter McBride - Nov 22, 2006

An array of stars sizzled through the BC/EFA benefit 'An Evening of Latin Rhythms' at BB Kings Blues Club on November 20th! (more...)

Heredia, Cruz, Herrera, Etc. Join Latin Rhythms Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2006

Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Nilo Cruz and more recently joined the star-studded Latin Rhythms benefit, which is set for November 20th (more...)

Rivera, Esparza, Etc. Set for 'Latin Rhythms' BenefitRivera, Esparza, Etc. Set for 'Latin Rhythms' Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2006

The worlds of Latin music and Broadway will unite for 'An Evening of Latin Rhythms' to benefit BC/EFA at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill (237 W. 42nd St.) on November 20 (more...)

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life to Play Final Show on February 19, Tour Begins January 07Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life to Play Final Show on February 19, Tour Begins January 07
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2006

CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER'S LIFE, a musical celebrating the life and career of one of America's most beloved stage performers, will play its final performance on Sunday, February 19, 2006, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45 Street). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita's Men Make a SplashPhoto Coverage: Chita's Men Make a Splash
by Ben Strothmann - Feb 7, 2006

The male cast members of Broadway's Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life performed live at the Splash Bar in Manhattan last night to a thrilled audience. (more...)

The Boys of The Dancer's Life Splash Up a Skit and Raffle, Feb. 6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2006

On February 6th, the male ensemble of Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life will perform a skit at Splash; there will also be a raffle (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera's Birthday Celebration at Tony's DiNapoli Time SquarePhoto Coverage: Chita Rivera's Birthday Celebration at Tony's DiNapoli Time Square
by Linda Lenzi - Jan 25, 2006

Chita Rivera celebrated her birthday, and the arrival of Dick Van Dyke in The Dancer's Life with a special private party at Tony's DiNapoli Time Square and BroadwayWorld was there to cover the celebrations. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Opening Night for Dick Van Dyke in Chita Rivera's 'The Dancer's Life'Photo Coverage: Opening Night for Dick Van Dyke in Chita Rivera's 'The Dancer's Life'
by Ben Strothmann - Jan 25, 2006

Dick Van Dyke joined Chita Rivera: THE DANCER'S LIFE for four performances only on January 24th and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the curtain call, and a birthday surprise! (more...)

'America' to Be Added to Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life This Weekend'America' to Be Added to Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2006

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life will feature the addition of 'America' from West Side Story beginning this weekend (more...)

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