A sold-out crowd filled Broadway’s August Wilson
Theatre with applause and six standing ovations throughout
the evening Monday night, as they cheered Rivera, a
Broadway legend who turned 80 earlier this year.
Over two hours onstage and backed by a
15-piece onstage orchestra, Rivera recreated some of her most iconic
performances from 10 of her Broadway musicals including West Side Story,
Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman,The Rink and Sweet Charity.
An emotional Rivera expressed her gratitude
to the audience saying, “I’ve lost so many of my friends to AIDS, thank
you for coming, for caring, for sharing, for giving, because Broadway
Cares really needs you and we must never forget that.”
Chita: A Legendary Celebration was directed by Graciela Daniele and written by Terrence McNally with music direction byMichael Croiter. The evening was produced by and benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.