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CHITA RIVERA

Chita Rivera

1 AWARD THIS YEAR

The legendary two-time Tony Award®-winning actress is a 2018 recipient of a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
1 AWARD THIS YEAR
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

BIO

An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. She recently starred in The Visit on Broadway and in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas.

Ms. Rivera trained as a ballerina, from the age of 11, before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from legendary choreographer George Balanchine. At 17 years old, Chita made her first appearance as a principal dancer in the national tour of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday; The Rose Tattoo; Threepenny Opera; Sweet Charity; Kiss Me, Kate; Zorba; and Can-Can with The Rockettes.

Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. In November, 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do, a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career, nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing.

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