Was 1964 Broadway's Greatest Year for Musicals? Dolly, Fiddler, Funny Girl and Other Groundbreakers

By Robert Viagas
15 May 2014

November 23: Chita Rivera added another ethnic persona to her repertoire, playing Gypsy (properly called Romani) princess Anyanka in Bajour with Herschel Bernardi as tribal leader Cockeye Johnny Dembo, working with her to con a widow out of her fortune. Despite a fiery performance by Rivera with lots of gypsy dancing, the show, with a score by Walter Marks, closed after just six months. That left Bernardi available to replace Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof in 1965, becoming many people’s favorite Tevye. Rivera went on to The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Velma Kelly in the original run of Chicago.