Call Redialed: NEW Chita Rivera Interview: Feinstein's/54 Below
I am so honored to be able to catch up with the legendary Chita Rivera as she wraps up her two week residency at Feinstein's/54 Below. Chita Rivera has had a career like no other! In this concert Chita revisits moments from her extraordinary career, showcasing the artistry and history that has made her a star of the Great White Way and beyond! Click here for my review!
As she enters her final week at Feinstein's/54 Below, Chita took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer a few key questions about her larger-than-life career.
Chita Rivera continues performing at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) this Tuesday, March 20, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22, all at 7pm! Click here for tickets!
1. You are currently presenting your new concert at Feinstein's/54 Below, revisiting moments from your legendary career. What do you appreciate now about your career that you didn't earlier? I am a very lucky woman. I am so very grateful to all those who helped me along the way - all the choreographers who taught me; all the directors, and especially John Kander & Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally…without them….who knows!
2. With everything you've accomplished so far, what is a dream project you'd still like to see realized? I would love to see Kander & Ebb’s final musical The Visit done in London’s West End and again on Broadway. It has a wonderful score and is beautifully written. I’d love to do it again.
3. One of my favorite moments of seeing you on Broadway was in the revival of Maury Yeston's Nine. What is one special memory or funny story you can share with us of working with Antonio Banderas? Working with Antonio was a wonderful experience. He is a dream to work with. In the show we did a tango. He was blindfolded. At one point in the dance number, he just whisked my leg up over his shoulder. And we froze. I looked at the audience and thought to myself “Eat your heart out ladies!” He would come to the theatre early before each show, as I do, and always came by my dressing room and we’d sit and talk. We laughed a lot. It was a wonderful time.
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An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. She recently starred in The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway (2015). She starred in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 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. Her electric performance as "Anita" in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story 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 & Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and Mr. Wonderful.