Great Performances Announces Chita Rivera Special

Chita Rivera. Photo by Joe Sinnott/WNET.

Chita Rivera. Photo by Joe Sinnott/WNET.

That’s a wrap! Not even winter storm Juno could stop legendary Broadway star Chita Rivera from performing an intimate concert of audience favorites for her intrepid fans during last night’s Great Performances taping. Recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room in New York City, the evening will be part of an upcoming PBS special to be broadcast later this fall. Read more, below.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: CHITA RIVERA
Legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera has been lighting up Broadway and international stages for over sixty years. With starring roles in such iconic Broadway shows as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman (to name only a few), Rivera was also a frequent guest star during the golden age of television variety specials. In April, 2015, Rivera is returning to Broadway to star in the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical, The Visit, at the Lyceum Theatre. No matter the venue, Rivera has always wowed audiences with her peerless show biz virtuosity. Produced by THIRTEEN, GREAT PERFORMANCES is currently creating a special retrospective to celebrate Rivera’s extraordinary career then and now for broadcast as part of PBS’ Fall Arts Festival 2015.

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