Three-time Tony honoree Chita Rivera celebrates the forthcoming release of her memoir with a conversation with fellow Tony winner Nathan Lane April 24 at 7 PM at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center, 10 East 66th Street in Manhattan.
As previously reported, Chita: A Memoir, co-written with Patrick Pacheco, is due April 25 (in English and in Spanish as well as an audiobook recorded by Rivera) from HarperOne. The book covers the West Side Story and Chicago star's early life and long Broadway career.
Rivera previously said, “I’ve long considered writing my memoirs, but I’ve never been one to look back…until now. Now it feels right and with Patrick Pacheco, I couldn’t be more pleased to pass on my experience to a new generation. I hope my words and thoughts about my life and career resonate and readers just might discover some things about me they never knew.”
“Chita Rivera remains a force of nature, joy, energy, and positivity,” added Gady Levy, executive director of The Streicker Cultural Center. “We are honored and excited to welcome her for an extraordinary evening of conversation and stories with the amazing Nathan Lane.”
The April 24 event is presented in partnership with The Entertainment Community Fund. The ticket price includes a copy of the memoir.
With a more than 60–year career on Broadway, Rivera is perhaps best known for creating the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rose in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma in Chicago, and Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Tony Awards for Spider Woman and The Rink. She was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award in 2018, recognizing a career that also includes performances in Nine, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and, most recently, The Visit. Rivera is closely associated with the writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, having starred in their musicals Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and The Visit, but the memoir will also cover working with such theatrical luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Bob Fosse, Dick Van Dyke, Arthur Laurents, Gwen Verdon, Leonard Bernstein, Liza Minnelli, and Hal Prince, among others.