Mark this date on your calendar: November 6, 2010! One of the greatest Broadway theater grand dames, Chita Rivera will be in town on that date to headline the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ La Gran Fiesta. Rivera will perform a special All American Songbook, accompanied by a six-piece band, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Singer, actor and dancer Chita Rivera rose to fame with her electrifying performance as Anita in the original company of West Side Story. And the rest is history! Now a Broadway legend, Rivera has earned two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and countless other accolades. She became the first Hispanic woman to receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002, and, in 2009, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2005, Rivera starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling musical celebrating her spectacular career.
In 1952, Rivera accompanied a friend to the audition for the musical Call Me Madam and ended up winning the role herself. She followed this by landing roles in other Broadway productions such as Guys and Dolls and Can-Can. In 1957, she was cast in the role which was destined to make her a Broadway star, Anita in West Side Story.
Her distinguished Broadway musical resume includes:
Bye Bye Birdie 1960 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress (Nomination)
Sweet Charity 1966
Chicago 1975 Tony Award Best Leading Actress in a Musical (co-nominee with Gwen Verdon)
The Rink 1984 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Winner)
Kiss of the Spider Woman 1993 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Winner)
Nine the Musical 2003 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Nomination)
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical (Nomination)
Tickets for Chita Rivera : All American Songbook are $39.00 and $49.00. For more information about Chita Rivera: All American Songbook, please contact the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Box Office directly either by phone at (480) 994 2787 ext. 2, in person or ONLINE.
Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 7380 East Second Street Scottsdale 85251