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HARRIS CENTER PRESENTS

Chita Rivera, Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration

Accompanied by The Folsom Symphony

Monday, February 24 @ 7:30 pm; Tuesday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm

A unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend's 80th Birthday!  Accompanied by the Folsom Symphony, the two-time 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 firends John Kander and Fredd Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured.  The New York Times raves, "Chita Rivera has a gleam in her eye, a smirk on her lips and a bounce in her step...you leave this show walking on air!"

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Chita 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.

An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. She recently concluded a successful run starring in the new Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway. She starred in 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. She recreated her starring role in The Visit, the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (originally done at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago in 2001). She also starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas.

On August 12, 2009, Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. 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. On October 7, 2013 she was honored with a star-studded concert on Broadway “Chita: A Legendary Celebration” to Benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This summer (2014) Chita will recreate her starring role in The Visit (the last Kander/Ebb/McNally musical) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Chita originated her starring role in The Visit when it premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago (2001), and again at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (2008). Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

Photos by Lisa Marie Duncan.

 

Pricing

$39-$55; Premium $65

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Event Length

75-90 minutes; without intermission

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