Chita: The Visit Legend in 25 Stunning Black & White Photos

June 9th, 2015 by

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Chita: The Visit Legend in 25 Stunning Black & White Photos

This is not a drill: you only have a few days left to see Broadway history in the making as living legend Chita Rivera stars in the final Kander & Ebb musical The Visit. And take it from us, the diva delivers—as this Tony Awards performance proves.


Below, is our Chita-centric playlist that you can enjoy as you scroll through 25 black and white photos of Chita living her life and serving you life.


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http://s3.amazonaws.com/broadwaybox/mediaspot/fosse.jpg And let's use this photo of Fosse and Chita to segue into the Chicago section of these photos.

Chita Rivera- Chicago

Chita River- Chicago- Cell Block Tango
Pop, six, squish...

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Chita Rivera- Chicago

http://s3.amazonaws.com/broadwaybox/mediaspot/JackCole.jpg If you have never seen her "Beale Street Blues" (choreographed by Jack Cole), get yourself to YouTube ASAP.

Chita Rivera- Bajour- Broadway
Chita in 1964's Bajour—clearly this isn't chronological.

Chita Rivera- Anita- West Side Story
And here come the Anita photos.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/broadwaybox/mediaspot/anita5.jpg Chita & Carol Lawrence performing "A Boy Like That" from the original 1957 production of West Side Story.

Chita Rivera- Anita- West Side Story

Chita Rivera- Anita- West Side Story

http://s3.amazonaws.com/broadwaybox/mediaspot/wedding_1.jpg Chita's December 1, 1957 wedding to West Side Story/Bye Bye Birdie co-star Tony Mordente and below with her daughter, Lisa.
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Chita Rivera- Bye Bye Birdie

Chita Rivera- Bye Bye Birdie
In my mind and heart, she's recording the perfect way she says "Absolutely" in "A Healthy Normal American Boy" (It happens at 2:13—you either know it or you don't.)

Chita Rivera- Bye Bye Birdie- Broadway

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Chita Rivera- Kiss of the Spider Woman

Chita Rivera- Kiss of the Spider Woman
Chita showing basics how it's really done in her Tony-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman star turn. #EverythingYouNeedFromAPhoto

Chita Rivera- Lisa Minnelli- The Rink

Chita Rivera- Liza Minnelli- The Rink
Remember when we showed Iain Chita & Liza's Tony performance from The Rink and he lost his mind?

http://s3.amazonaws.com/broadwaybox/mediaspot/ackstage.jpg There can only be one Chita Rivera. The Visit plays the Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre through June 14.