Chita Rivera

  • Performer

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Chita Rivera is a highly esteemed and iconic figure in the world of American musical theater. Born in 1933, she is a celebrated actress, singer, and dancer who has made significant contributions to the Broadway stage throughout her career. Rivera's breakthrough role came in 1957 when she portrayed Anita in the original production of "West Side Story." Her electrifying performance earned her critical acclaim and established her as a rising star. She went on to originate other notable roles, including Rose in "Bye Bye Birdie" (1960) and Velma Kelly in "Chicago" (1975). Known for her extraordinary dance skills, Rivera's performances are marked by her precision, athleticism, and dynamic stage presence. Her signature roles often incorporate intricate dance routines that highlight her exceptional talent and charisma. Rivera has received numerous accolades and awards for her work, including two Tony Awards for her performances in "The Rink" (1984) and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1993). She has been nominated for an additional eight Tony Awards throughout her career. Beyond her work on stage, Rivera has also made appearances in film and television, further expanding her reach and showcasing her versatility as a performer. She has demonstrated her talents not only as a dancer and singer but also as a skilled actress. Rivera's impact on the Broadway community extends beyond her performances. She has been an advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the industry, breaking barriers as a Latina performer and inspiring generations of artists who followed in her footsteps. With her immense talent, passion for her craft, and trailblazing spirit, Chita Rivera has left an indelible mark on the world of musical theater. Her contributions to the art form, both as a performer and as a champion for diversity, continue to resonate and inspire aspiring artists to this day.}

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Personal Info

Birth Date: January 23, 1933
Birth Location: Washington, D.C.

Stage & Film

Performance

The Visit
Original Broadway Production (2015)
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  • Claire Zachanassian
The Visit
Williamstown Theatre Festival Production (2014)
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  • Claire Zachanassian
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Broadway Revival (2012)
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  • The Princess Puffer/Miss Angela Prysock
The Visit
Benefit Concert (2011)
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  • Claire Zachanassian
The Visit
Signature Theatre Production (2008)
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  • Claire Zachanassian
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
National Tour (2006)
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  • Herself
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Original Broadway Production (2005)
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  • Herself
The Visit
Original Off-Broadway Production (2004) [This production was cancelled. It never opened and plans have been shelved.]
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  • Claire Zachanassian
Nine
Roundabout Revival (2003)
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  • Liliane La Fleur
Chicago
Film Version (2002)
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  • Nickie
The Visit
World Premiere (2001)
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  • Claire Zachanassian
Anything Goes
Paper Mill Playhouse Production (2000)
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  • Reno Sweeney
Chicago
London Revival (1997)
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  • Roxie Hart (replacement: Aug 16, 1999 - Oct 9, 1999)
Chicago
2nd National Tour (1997)
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  • Roxie Hart (replacement: Feb 2, 1999)
Sweet Charity
Lincoln Center Concert (1998)
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  • Charity Hope Valentine
  • Nickie
Dear World
Workshop (1998)
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  • Countess Aurelia
Kiss of the Spider Woman
National Tour (1994)
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  • Aurora/Spider Woman
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Original Broadway Production (1993)
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  • Spider Woman/Aurora
Kiss of the Spider Woman
London Production (1992)
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  • Spider Woman/Aurora
Kiss of the Spider Woman
World Premiere (1992)
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  • Aurora/Spider Woman
Hello, Dolly!
London Concert (1990)
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  • Performer
Can-Can
International Tour (1988)
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  • La Mome Pistache
Jerry's Girls
Original Broadway Production (1985)
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  • Performer
Chicago
Harrah's Marina Production (1985)
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  • Roxie Hart
The Rink
Original Broadway Production (1984)
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  • Anna
Merlin
Original Broadway Production (1983)
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  • The Queen
Anything Goes
St. Louis MUNY Production (1982)
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  • Reno Sweeney
Pippin
Television Production (1981)
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  • Fastrada
Bring Back Birdie
Original Broadway Production (1981)
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  • Rose
Chicago
National Tour (1977)
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  • Velma Kelly (replacement: Apr 4, 1978 - Aug 5, 1978)
Chicago
Original Broadway Production (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Kiss Me, Kate
North Shore Music Theatre Production (1974)
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  • Lilli Vanessi/Katharine
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Broadway Concert (1973)
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  • Cast Member
Zorba
Music Fair Circuit Production (1970)
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  • Leader
Zorb√°
National Tour (1969)
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  • Leader
1491
Closed on the road (1969)
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  • Beatriz
Sweet Charity
Film Version (1969)
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  • Nickie
Sweet Charity
National Tour (1967)
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  • Charity
Sweet Charity
Music Fair Circuit Production (1967)
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  • Charity Hope Valentine
The Threepenny Opera
Mineola Theatre Production (1966)
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  • Jenny
Bajour
Original Broadway Production (1964)
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  • Anyanka
Zenda
Closed on the road (1963)
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  • Athena Constantine
Bye Bye Birdie
London Production (1961)
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  • Rose Grant
Bye Bye Birdie
Original Broadway Production (1960)
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  • Rose Grant
West Side Story
London Production (1958)
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  • Anita
West Side Story
Original Broadway Production (1957)
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  • Anita
Shinbone Alley
Original Broadway Production (1957)
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  • mehitabel (standby)
Mr. Wonderful
Original Broadway Production (1956)
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  • Rita Romano
Seventh Heaven
Original Broadway Production (1955)
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  • Fifi
Can-Can
Original Broadway Production (1953)
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  • Dancer (replacement: ?)
Call Me Madam
National Tour (1952)
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  • Principal Dancer
  • Dancer

Commercial Audio

Performance

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Broadway Revival Cast (2012)
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  • The Princess Puffer/Miss Angela Prysock
Chicago
Soundtrack (2003)
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  • Nickie
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Original London Cast (1992)
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  • Spider Woman/Aurora
The Rink
Original Broadway Cast (1984)
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  • Anna
The Rink
Original Broadway Cast (1984)
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  • Content not available right now
Bring Back Birdie
Original Cast (1981)
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  • Cast
Chicago
Original Broadway Cast (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Original Broadway Cast (1973)
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  • Cast
Sweet Charity
Soundtrack (1969)
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  • Nickie
Bajour
Original Broadway Cast (1964)
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  • Anyanka
Zenda
Pre-Broadway Cast (1963)
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  • Athena Constantine
Bye Bye Birdie
Original London Cast (1961)
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  • Rose Grant
Bye Bye Birdie
Original Broadway Cast (1960)
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  • Rose Grant
West Side Story
Original Broadway Cast (1957)
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  • Anita
West Side Story
Original Broadway Cast (1957)
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  • Content not available right now
Mr. Wonderful
Original Broadway Cast (1956)
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  • Rita Romano
Mr. Wonderful
Original Broadway Cast (1956)
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  • Content not available right now
Seventh Heaven
Original Broadway Cast (1955)
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  • Fifi

Private Audio

Performance

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Original Broadway Cast with Dick van Dyke (2006)
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  • Cast
Chicago
Rough Cut (2002)
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  • Nickie
The Visit
World Premiere Cast (2001)
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  • Claire Zachanassian
Chicago
London Replacement Cast (1999)
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  • Roxie Hart
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Tour Cast in Los Angeles (1996)
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  • Aurora/Spider Woman
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Original London Cast (1992)
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  • Cast
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Original London Cast (1992)
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  • Cast
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Rehearsal Reading (1992)
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  • Aurora/Spider Woman
Hello, Dolly!
London Benefit Cast (1990)
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  • Performer
Can-Can
Original Cast (1988)
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  • La Mome Pistache
Jerry's Girls
Original Cast (1985)
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  • Cast
The Rink
Original Cast (1984)
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  • Anna
Merlin
Original Cast (1983)
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  • Cast
Bring Back Birdie
Original Broadway Cast (Previews) (1981)
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  • Rose
Bring Back Birdie
Original Broadway Cast (Early Preview) (1981)
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  • Rose
Chicago
Original Broadway Cast w. Liza Minnelli (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Chicago
Original Broadway Cast w. Liza Minnelli (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Chicago
Original Broadway Cast w. Liza Minnelli (Soundboard) (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Chicago
Original Broadway Cast (Opening Night) (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Chicago
Pre-Broadway Cast (Excerpts) (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Chicago
Pre-Broadway Cast (Complete) (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Chicago
Original Broadway Cast (1975)
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  • Velma Kelly
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Original Broadway Cast (1973)
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  • Cast Member
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Original Broadway Cast (1973)
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  • Content not available right now
1491
Los Angeles Cast (Songs Only) (1969)
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  • Beatriz
1491
Los Angeles Cast (1969)
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  • Beatriz
1491
Los Angeles Cast (1969)
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  • Content not available right now
1491
Los Angeles Cast (Songs Only) (1969)
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  • Content not available right now

Commercial Video

Performance

Chicago
Home Video (2002)
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  • Nickie

Private Video

Performance

Chicago
Harrah's Marina Cast (1985)
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  • Roxie Hart

Archival Video

Performance

The Visit
World Premiere Cast (TOFT video) (2001)
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  • Claire Zachanassian

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From ChatGPT

Chita Rivera is a highly esteemed and iconic figure in the world of American musical theater. Born in 1933, she is a celebrated actress, singer, and dancer who has made significant contributions to the Broadway stage throughout her career. Rivera's breakthrough role came in 1957 when she portrayed Anita in the original production of "West Side Story." Her electrifying performance earned her critical acclaim and established her as a rising star. She went on to originate other notable roles, including Rose in "Bye Bye Birdie" (1960) and Velma Kelly in "Chicago" (1975). Known for her extraordinary dance skills, Rivera's performances are marked by her precision, athleticism, and dynamic stage presence. Her signature roles often incorporate intricate dance routines that highlight her exceptional talent and charisma. Rivera has received numerous accolades and awards for her work, including two Tony Awards for her performances in "The Rink" (1984) and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1993). She has been nominated for an additional eight Tony Awards throughout her career. Beyond her work on stage, Rivera has also made appearances in film and television, further expanding her reach and showcasing her versatility as a performer. She has demonstrated her talents not only as a dancer and singer but also as a skilled actress. Rivera's impact on the Broadway community extends beyond her performances. She has been an advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the industry, breaking barriers as a Latina performer and inspiring generations of artists who followed in her footsteps. With her immense talent, passion for her craft, and trailblazing spirit, Chita Rivera has left an indelible mark on the world of musical theater. Her contributions to the art form, both as a performer and as a champion for diversity, continue to resonate and inspire aspiring artists to this day.}

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Personal Info

Birth Date: January 23, 1933
Birth Location: Washington, D.C.

Other Names

  • Conchita Del Rivero

Marriage & Family

Spouses/Partners

Family

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