The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price. Roger Rees co-stars as Anton Schell, the man who scorned Claire years ago. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks, “What can your heart afford?”
The musical is based on the 1956 play The Visit (a.k.a. Der Besuch der alten Dame) by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt. The play was produced on Broadway in 1958 in a version by Maurice Valency, and revived in 1973. The musical had its premiere in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre in 2001. It was revised for a production at Virginia’s Signature Theatre in 2008. After further revisions, the musical opened at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in 2014, before heading to Broadway.