A sizzling evening of song and dance honoring and starring theatrical icon Chita Rivera raised a remarkable $413,660 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
A sold-out crowd filled Broadway's August Wilson Theatre with rapturous applause and six standing ovations throughout the evening Monday, October 7, 2013, as they joyfully cheered Rivera, a Broadway legend who turned 80 earlier this year. The one-night-only event, called Chita: A Legendary Celebration, included special performances by Tony Award winners Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen and a surprise video tribute from legendary composer John Kander.
Commanding the stage for nearly two unstoppable hours and backed by a 15-piece onstage orchestra, Rivera recreated some of her most loved performances from 10 of her Broadway musicals including West Side Story, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and Sweet Charity.
Chita: A Legendary Celebration was directed by Graciela Daniele and written by Terrence McNally with music direction by Michael Croiter. The evening was produced by and benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.