The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera

By Megan Dekic
23 Jan 2014



Following a stint in the musical revue Jerry's Girls, Rivera played the title character in yet another Kander and Ebb musical: Kiss of the Spider Woman.  Directed by Harold Prince, the production opened May 3, 1993, and featured Brent Carver and Anthony Crivello in the cast.

In his New York Times review, Frank Rich noted that Rivera possessed "an aura of utter confidence that is the essence of a Broadway dancer's brassy spirit." The show was crowned Best Musical at the 1993 Tonys, and Rivera won her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Read the Kiss of the Spider Woman Playbill here.

Rivera most recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony-nominated revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Click here to read more about her theatrical history in the Vault.