Chita Rivera is known for her dancing, performing and generosity. She was not too long ago honored on the Stephen Sondheim Gala, an annual occasion from Signature Theatre, primarily based in Shirlington, Virginia, held on the Italian Embassy.
In her remarks, Rivera acknowledged the function that native theaters play in creating up-and-coming actors, choreographers, composers, and manufacturing employees.
“It’s so essential to assist theaters like Signature, particularly throughout these previous troublesome years,” mentioned the three-time Tony Award winner.
Rivera, a District native, grew up on Flagler Place NW close to LeDroit Park. Her early dance coaching was by way of the historic Jones-Haywood Dance Studio, which nonetheless operates as we speak. Rivera was Anita within the authentic 1957 forged of Broadway’s “West Aspect Story.”
The lyrics for the award-winning musical had been written by Sondheim, and the music was composed by Leonard Bernstein.
The viewers on the embassy heard songs related to Rivera’s theater profession. She was serenaded by Broadway’s and D.C.’s musical theatre neighborhood. Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, who not too long ago starred in “Guys and Dolls” on the Kennedy Middle, sang “Someplace” from “West Aspect Story.” Native artist and a number of award winner Nova Y. Payton, who appeared in Ford’s Theatre’s “Grace” and Signature’s “The Coloration Purple,” sang “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” from “Bye Bye Birdie.”
It was an thrilling night honoring a profitable and legendary D.C. artist.