Photo by G.
Chita Rivera and Geoffrey Dicker
I love New York! I was walking down the street the other day, and ran into the legendary star of the stage and screen, Chita Rivera. Chita was very sweet and had no problem taking a photo with me and in fact even complimented the ring I was wearing. I saw Chita Rivera perform live a couple of years ago and she has more energy and charisma than performers much younger. I guess that’s one of the things that makes her a legend. Thanks again for being so cool Chita!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Broadway legend Chita Rivera was born on this day- January 23. I saw her perform a one woman show last year and I’m not going to lie – it was AMAZING! She sounded great, she looked great and she still has the moves! I’ve met her in person many times and she’s very cool! Happy birthday Chita! Also celebrating birthdays today are Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, an airline pilot who became a national hero because he did his job and landed a plane. Actually, there was a bit of turmoil and he got the passengers to safety. But the duration of the flight before the malfunction was about 10 minutes and the guy is STILL being honored. Whatever! Also celebrating a birthday today is John Hancock. He’d be 274 today. Since he kind of invented the autograph, I kinda owe this little section of posting my autograph collection to him. So thanks John and happy birthday!
Photo by G.
Chita Rivera sings the American Songbook at the Allen Room in NYC on March 6, 2010
Legendary singer Chita Rivera performed at New York’s Allen Room as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series on March 6, 2010 and she showed the adoring crowd why she is a legend. The 76 year old two-time Tony award winning singer didn’t take a break during her 80 minute set, where she guided us on a journey of her fantastic career. She sang songs from her most beloved performances (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Chicago, West Side Story), told anecdotes about all stages of her career and constantly joked about her age. She went on to prove that age is just a number as her performance is much more rigorous than rock shows I’ve seen performed by people in their 20s, and she pulled it off like a true diva (without the attitude)! If you’ve never been to the Allen Room, it’s located in the Time Warner Center on 59th and Broadway on the 6th floor and as the room is surrounded by glass, it overlooks the busy and colorful intersection. Not only was the performance great, but the space added such great ambience. The performance was recorded to be broadcast in the future, so look for it – it was so great!
The set list for Chita Rivera’s American Songbook performance was:
I Won’t Dance/Let Me Sing
West Side Story Medley
Sweet Happy Life
I Don’t Remember You (from The Happy Time)
Kiss of the Spider Woman Medley
Where Am I Going (from Sweet Charity)
Camille, Collette, Fifi (from Seventh Heaven)
Not Exactly Paris
Love and Love Alone (from The Visit)
More Than You Know
A Woman The World Has Never Seen (from Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life)
Nowadays (from Chicago)
All That Jazz (from Chicago)
Circle of Friends