Chita: A Legendary Celebration, Directed by Graciela Daniele, Will Be Presented in October

By Andrew Gans
January 14, 2013

A star-studded celebration of Tony winner Chita Rivera, who is currently back on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will be presented Oct. 7 at a theatre to be announced.



The 8 PM performance, which will celebrate Rivera's 80th birthday, is titled Chita: A Legendary Celebration. Directed by Graciela Daniele with musical direction by Michael Croiter, the evening will be produced by and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

"Since our earliest days in the late 1980s, Chita Rivera has been one of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS great champions, a true and loyal friend," said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in a statement. “Chita is beloved on Broadway. She has excelled at every aspect of the business as a performer with great style, commitment, humor and embrace. She also believes that no member of her professional family should ever be left alone in crisis or isolation. Whether appearing in countless benefits, signing posters and Playbills or encouraging others in the community to do the same, she is one of BC/EFA’s dearest friends. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate Chita’s milestone with her!"

The celebration of Rivera will include the publication of a limited-edition coffee table book and a documentary. Rivera will also launch a new concert tour (directed by Daniele) in 2013.

Rivera has worked with many of the greatest musical theatre collaborators, including Leonard Bernstein, Lynn Ahrens, Gower Champion, Cy Coleman, Jerry Bock, Fred Ebb, Dorothy Fields, Stephen Flaherty, Bob Fosse, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, John Kander, Rob Marshall, Terrence McNally, Hal Prince, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, Charles Strouse and more.

Rivera received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2002, making her the first Hispanic ever to receive the award. She also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

VIP tickets and sponsorship packages are available by clicking here. Additional ticketing levels and more details about the celebratory evening will be announced this spring.