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The 2014-2015 Broadway Season

The Visit
Chita Rivera and Roger Rees star in a new musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terrence McNally about greed, love, and one woman’s carefully plotted revenge.

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Lyceum Theatre
Opening Night - April 23 2015
The company of <i>The Visit</i>.The company of The Visit. Photo by: Joan Marcus


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 Visit marks the historic final collaboration between composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb, the team behind such Tony Award-winning shows as Chicago and Cabaret.
  • The musical reunites Kander & Ebb with Terrence McNally and Chita Rivera, who all collaborated on the 1993 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman.


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.


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Revised April 13, 2015