Chita Rivera’s Broadway roles led to many guest appearances on television variety shows. Rivera recalls performing with the legendary Maurice Chevalier on his television special in May 1956. Archival footage shows a young Rivera flirting and dancing with the older French entertainer, playing the scene for laughs. At this point in her career, Rivera had […]
Chita Rivera’s fiery performance of the role Anita in the original Broadway cast of West Side Story made her a star. In a television interview in the mid-1960s, Rivera said much of the excitement of that legendary production was in “watching Leonard Bernstein setting down notes that would later be heard and loved by everyone, and […]
Dancer, singer and actress Chita Rivera has performed in front of millions on Broadway, London’s West End, around the world, on national television and on the silver screen. She’s a two-time Tony Award winner, with eight additional Tony nominations to her credit (Rivera and Julie Harris are the most nominated performers in the history of the Tony […]
In the original Broadway cast of Chicago the Musical, Chita Rivera played Velma Kelly and Gwen Verdon played Roxie Hart. The production opened in 1975 and both performers were nominated for a Tony Award. “Nowadays,” a Roxie Hart song, is also part of a duet between Roxie and Velma. The two Broadway stars were great […]
Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do sizzles onto THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, November 6 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings). The dynamic Broadway singer, dancer, and actress Chita Rivera has created the iconic roles Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, and Velma in Chicago — to name […]
A little Billy Elliot goes a long way. See him flip out in front of his father, pas de chat with his ballet teacher and piano accompanist, and work out his fouette turns. Billy Elliot the Musical Live premieres Friday, October 23 at 9/8c on PBS. Check local listings.
The themes of ballet, the coal miners’ strike and community tension with the police weave through “Solidarity,” an ensemble number in Billy Elliot the Musical Live.
Elliott Hanna (age 11) plays the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical Live. In this excerpt of the scene of his big audition for the Royal Ballet School, he attempts to explain to the judging panel and to his own father what dance means to him. “It’s a bit like being angry It’s a bit […]
In Billy Elliot the Musical Live, young Billy Elliot starts studying ballet during the infamous coal miners’ strike of 1984-1985, a real event in Great Britain’s history. Billy takes a brave step in a direction his family doesn’t approve, and couldn’t even financially support if they did. His widowed father and older brother work in […]
By Christina Knight for Great Performances A coal-mining town in the North East of England is the setting for Billy Elliot the Musical Live (and the film it is is based on, Billy Elliot). The story of a boy fighting for what he wants and the dramatization of the infamous, year-long coal miners’ strike of 1984-1985 […]