Goodspeed to Honor Two-Time Tony Award-successful superstar Chita Rivera


On July eleven, 2016, the incomparable star of Bye Bye Birdie, West facet Story, Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider woman, The seek advice from and a lot of others can be introduced with The Goodspeed Award for marvelous Contribution to Musical Theatre

Goodspeed Musicals is overjoyed to announce that legendary performer Chita Rivera could be the newest recipient of The Goodspeed Award for fantastic Contribution to Musical Theatre. Ms. Rivera has made her mark as a singer, dancer, consummate performer and Broadway legend. This Broadway gypsy-grew to become-famous person has gained Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Helen Hayes Awards as well as incomes the difference of being first Hispanic girl to receive the Kennedy center Honor.

Chita Rivera should be honored on July eleven, 2016 when Broadway luminaries and arts sustainers gather for a razzle brilliant experience to guide the construction of latest Works and emerging artists in Musical Theatre.Ms. Rivera shared, “Goodspeed is a national treasure. Their continuing inventive work in musical theatre is to be applauded.”

A a lot-anticipated annual adventure saluting the gold standard in musical theatre, Goodspeed’s Gala has develop into the vicinity to be each and every summer season. This unforgettable night will encompass cocktails, dinner and particular amusement at Priam winery, eleven Shailor Hill street, Colchester, Conn.

Goodspeed’s government Director Michael Gennaro pointed out that “Goodspeed is basically honored to latest this award to Chita Rivera. Chita is an awesome artist and performer and one of the crucial celebrated dancers ever to grace the Broadway stage. this is the ultimate yr to celebrate Chita’s legendary profession as we’re producing two indicates wherein she starred –anything else Goes as Reno Sweeney and Bye Bye Birdie where she originated the role of Rosie Alvarez.”

This yr’s honorary committee includes Lee Adams; Graciela Daniele; Maurice Hines, Jr.; John Kander; David Krane; Rob Marshall; Hal Prince; Ann Reinking and Charles Strouse.

All proceeds from Goodspeed’s annual Gala assist the development of recent Works and rising artists in Musical Theatre. previous honorees encompass Julie Andrews, Martin Charnin,Kristin Chenoweth, Ira Gershwin, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Herman, William Ivey lengthy,Thomas Meehan, Michael P. expense, Gerald Schoenfeld, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Stroman, Charles Strouse, Tommy Tune, Tony Walton, and Paul Williams.

An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has received two Tony Awards as most efficient main Actress in a Musical and received eight extra Tony nominations for a great 10 Tony nominations. She lately starred in the consult with, the closing John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed through John Doyle and choreographed by means of Graciela Daniele on Broadway (2015), following the acclaimed creation on the Williamstown Theatre festival in the summer of 2014. She starred in the Broadway revival of The secret of Edwin Drood, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s existence, a blinding new musical celebrating her brilliant career, written with the aid of Terrence McNally and directed by means of Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical 9 with Antonio Banderas. She proficient as a ballerina (from age eleven) earlier than receiving a scholarship to the college of american Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Chita’s first look (age 17) became as a essential dancer in name Me Madam. Her electric efficiency as Anita in the original Broadway most effective of West side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted with the aid of starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s ladies, Kiss of the Spider girl (Tony Award), and the normal Broadway casts of guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. fabulous. On tour: Born the day before today; The Rose Tattoo; call Me Madam; Threepenny Opera; candy Charity; Kiss Me, Kate; Zorba; and may-Can with The Rockettes. Chita changed into awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom via President Barack Obama in 2009. She acquired the coveted Kennedy middle Honor in 2002 and is the first Hispanic lady ever chosen to receive this award. closing year, terrific Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: a lot of Livin’ To Do, a retrospective on her outstanding life and profession, nationwide on PBS. Chita’s present solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing. Her most treasured construction is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.