May 15 to 20, 2007 Posted May 14, 2007
Chita Rivera in The Dancer's Life

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life running at PPAC this week
photo: Paul Kolnik 2006

Two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera at PPAC this week

The legendary Chita Rivera will be in town this week in an autobiograohical performance that's part musical, part reminiscence. Newsweek has called her "the greatest musical theater dancer ever!", and now Providence audiences will get the chance to see her in person.

Featuring a cast of talented singers and dancers, this musical offers a rare look into that moment when great musical numbers in the theatre were born, as performed by the woman for whom they were created. Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life is a tour through landmark creations in American musical theatre that were helmed by some of the greatest talents in its history, including Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, and Michael Kidd, and features new songs by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Along the way, Rivera and company celebrate some of her most stunning and legendary Broadway performances, including West Side Story, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Chita's Bio in a Nutshell

As an aspiring 17-year-old ballerina, Chita Rivera accompanied a friend to an audition for the chorus of Call Me Madam without any serious intention of pursuing a part in the show. Jerome Robbins took one look, cast her as a principal dancer, and the rest is theatre history. She has received two Tony Awards, seven additional Tony nominations, and the Kennedy Center Honor.

When, Where & How Much

Performance times for Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, playing May 15 to 20, 2007, are Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30P, Friday at 8P, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 1pm & 6:30pm.

Ticket prices range from $65 – $38 and are on sale now; all ticket prices include a $3.00 restoration charge. Tickets for all shows can be purchased at PPAC's Box Office window and by calling (401) 421-ARTS from 10A – 6P Monday through Friday and noon – 5P on Saturdays; or visit ppacri.org to purchase tickets any time.

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The Dance's Life

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence RI
May 15 to 20, 2007
Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday & Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 1pm & 6:30pm
Box Office: 401-421-2787
Website: http://www.ppacri.org


Chita Rivera celebrates the dancer's life by Bryan Rourke Providence Journal 5/13/07

Rivera’s career more than a Dancer’s Life by Bryan Rourke Providence Journal 5/17/07

Chita Rivera's Website

Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life Website

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