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Chita Rivera dead at 91

I know…I know…so young.

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by Anonymousreply 317February 9, 2024 9:44 PM

Was she pals with that BEEATCH

Rita Moreno?

by Anonymousreply 1January 30, 2024 7:37 PM

She must have had nice stuff.

by Anonymousreply 2January 30, 2024 7:38 PM

Awww I dreaded this day. Thanks for titling this appropriately for our Chita, OP.

by Anonymousreply 3January 30, 2024 7:39 PM

Seth Rudetsky is beside himself as he can no longer drop her name.

by Anonymousreply 4January 30, 2024 7:41 PM

Someone check on Liza.

by Anonymousreply 5January 30, 2024 7:41 PM

Sadly, I think that fall she recently took onstage was the beginning of the end.

Great talent and as wonderful a lady as you'd ever meet.

by Anonymousreply 6January 30, 2024 7:42 PM

This thread is not appropriately titled, she is not dead she is DEAD TO ME.

by Anonymousreply 7January 30, 2024 7:43 PM

She always seemed humble in spite of her enormous talent and longevity. Rest easy.

by Anonymousreply 8January 30, 2024 7:43 PM

Is that a recent pic? She looked great for someone that old.

by Anonymousreply 9January 30, 2024 7:44 PM

Es muerta para nosotros!

by Anonymousreply 10January 30, 2024 7:46 PM

Suicide? Drugs? Bathtub?

by Anonymousreply 11January 30, 2024 7:47 PM

Sooner or later you're certain to meet

In the bedroom, the parlor

Or even the street

There's no place on earth

You're likely to miss...

Her kiss.

by Anonymousreply 12January 30, 2024 7:49 PM

Skiing accident, R11.

by Anonymousreply 13January 30, 2024 7:50 PM

Someone needs to do something about those oil rig fires in the Gulf of Mexico killing our elderly celebrities!

by Anonymousreply 14January 30, 2024 7:51 PM

Is she the one who opened Al Capone’s vault on live TV?

by Anonymousreply 15January 30, 2024 7:51 PM

Her son, Geraldo, must be devastated!

by Anonymousreply 16January 30, 2024 7:51 PM

Amazing talent. RIP!

by Anonymousreply 17January 30, 2024 7:53 PM

Definitely won't be featured in the "In memoriam " at the Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 18January 30, 2024 7:54 PM

Her older "Bye Bye Birdie" co-star Dick Van Dyke outlived her.

by Anonymousreply 19January 30, 2024 7:55 PM

Poor Chita

by Anonymousreply 20January 30, 2024 7:55 PM

It was the jab, R11.

by Anonymousreply 21January 30, 2024 7:57 PM

Can I have her stuff?

by Anonymousreply 22January 30, 2024 7:59 PM

It’s sad that all the legends are gone

Angela Lansbury

Chita Rivera

Barbara Cook

Elaine Stritch

Carol Channing

Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett are all that’s left of that group

by Anonymousreply 23January 30, 2024 7:59 PM

I hope she will be remembered for The Bellero Shield.

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by Anonymousreply 24January 30, 2024 7:59 PM

Saw her perform twice and she was a real killer-diller. First, in the "Chicago" touring company with Gwen Verdon. Second in a "Can-Can" revival that did not make it to Broadway. She had recovered from that taxi accident that broke her left leg in 18 places. I gasped when she hit the floor in a can-can split. Intrepid performer. RIP

by Anonymousreply 25January 30, 2024 8:01 PM

Variety obit

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by Anonymousreply 26January 30, 2024 8:01 PM

NYTimes

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by Anonymousreply 27January 30, 2024 8:03 PM

I'd like to think Chita and Gwen are doing the Hot Honey Rag in heaven right now. RIP Legend.

by Anonymousreply 28January 30, 2024 8:04 PM

I'm still here, R23!

by Anonymousreply 29January 30, 2024 8:05 PM

The Oscars will mention her for this. Hard to believe it's only Shirley left in that photo now.

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by Anonymousreply 30January 30, 2024 8:05 PM

Another vaccine death!

by Anonymousreply 31January 30, 2024 8:14 PM

She liked the island Manhattan.

Smoke on your pipe

And put that in!

by Anonymousreply 32January 30, 2024 8:17 PM

Awwww she was a trooper.

by Anonymousreply 33January 30, 2024 8:18 PM

r23- don't forget Liza.

by Anonymousreply 34January 30, 2024 8:18 PM

Fuck you, r23.

by Anonymousreply 35January 30, 2024 8:19 PM

I was just watching old Tony Award clips last night and watched her win for "Kiss of the Spider Woman". That was 1993 the year the awards opened with Liza singing a new song, "Celebrate Broadway". My late husband added a lyric to the song and every Tony Sunday from then until his death in 2022 he would wake me up singing, "Celebrate Broadway - Dance Your Ass Off".

by Anonymousreply 36January 30, 2024 8:26 PM

And the moon grows dimmer...

She was an absolute force of nature on the stage, and never failed to give a great performance.

by Anonymousreply 37January 30, 2024 8:27 PM

She was an absolute legend and the kindest lady. I interviewed her for a documentary a few years ago (she would have been 87 at the time) and we were shooting on the 4th floor of a soundstage building in Manhattan (so figure double staircases for each floor because of the high ceilings). The elevators broke down 10 min before she arrived. We all freaked out, wondering what we were going to do, should we cancel, should we offer to carry her up, would that humiliate her, etc. She arrived, took the news in stride and sprinted up the stairs like it was nothing, leaving all of us in her wake. I'm so happy I got to see her perform a number of times and got to meet and work with her, however briefly.

by Anonymousreply 38January 30, 2024 8:27 PM

I knew this would happen someday.

by Anonymousreply 39January 30, 2024 8:27 PM

NY Times Obit. This is hard.

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by Anonymousreply 40January 30, 2024 8:28 PM

I don’t know her

by Anonymousreply 41January 30, 2024 8:29 PM

Sad I will miss her running from me at the stage doors.

by Anonymousreply 42January 30, 2024 8:32 PM

[quote] Suicide? Drugs? Bathtub?

No, Rita Moreno, who never measured up to her.

by Anonymousreply 43January 30, 2024 8:32 PM

She was the world's first Anita!

Let's have a bit of levity...

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by Anonymousreply 44January 30, 2024 8:33 PM

In the NYTimes obituary at r27, there's a photo of her posing with her trophy the night of the 1993 Tonys with the other winners that night: Ron Leibman, Madeline Kahn, and Brent Carver. She was the oldest then, but she outlived all of them.

by Anonymousreply 45January 30, 2024 8:33 PM

Liza likes Chita but not Rita!

by Anonymousreply 46January 30, 2024 8:33 PM

I only got to see her live once -- the national tour of Kiss of the Spiderwoman when I was in middle school. She was electrifying. I'm jealous of those who saw her in the original Chicago and, especially of those who saw her in West Side Story. I wish there were footage of her original performance. Her dancing must have been incredible.

by Anonymousreply 47January 30, 2024 8:33 PM

Rita didn't go first.

We've been Chita'd.

by Anonymousreply 48January 30, 2024 8:34 PM

Now I can do the movie vershion of The Vishit.

by Anonymousreply 49January 30, 2024 8:35 PM

91? She was just a baby!

by Anonymousreply 50January 30, 2024 8:36 PM

She and Liza hated each other during their run in The Rink.

by Anonymousreply 51January 30, 2024 8:39 PM

R35 divorce is not death, especially if it’s a redneck hillbilly

by Anonymousreply 52January 30, 2024 8:45 PM

She was able to blow out 91 candles on her birthday cake on January 23 ! The she said, "I've had it..."

by Anonymousreply 53January 30, 2024 8:46 PM

A true goddess. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 54January 30, 2024 8:46 PM

I have to turn in my gay card. I just learned that Angela Lansbury died two years ago.

by Anonymousreply 55January 30, 2024 8:52 PM

Ooof, R55. That *IS* bad. I feel like Angie's passing was everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 56January 30, 2024 8:54 PM

I'm crying. Just a great dame, and one of few dancers who seemed born to dance Fosse.

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by Anonymousreply 57January 30, 2024 9:00 PM

I had a teacher who died of AIDS a couple years after I was in one of classes at high school, and I busted him playing that video during his free period, R57. A bittersweet memory.

by Anonymousreply 58January 30, 2024 9:07 PM

R58 I don't blame him. It's a great video. Fosse's take on Jerome Robbins' America rooftop number.

by Anonymousreply 59January 30, 2024 9:11 PM

She was the first Anita in the original 1957 Broadway production of WEST SIDE STORY but the only one not to be nominated for anything:

1961 film -- Rita Moreno won Supporting Actress Oscar

1980 revival -- Debbie Allen was nominated for Featured Actress in a Musical Tony

2009 revival -- Karen Olivo won Featured Actress in a Musical Tony

2021 film -- Ariana DeBose won Supporting Actress Oscar

It doesn't seem right.

by Anonymousreply 60January 30, 2024 9:21 PM

Has Carol Lawrence commented?

by Anonymousreply 61January 30, 2024 9:21 PM

R23 every one of those ladies was still alive ten years ago.

Makes you wonder who will still be around ten years from now.

God willing, Julie Andrews will be 98 and Carol Burnett 100.

by Anonymousreply 62January 30, 2024 9:25 PM

R61 it's nice that Chita, Carol and Larry Kert remained close.

by Anonymousreply 63January 30, 2024 9:32 PM

Who won the Tony that Rivera did not win for "West Side Story"?

by Anonymousreply 64January 30, 2024 9:33 PM

When was her last performing appearance?

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by Anonymousreply 65January 30, 2024 9:38 PM

She came a long way from Tarzan’s simian companion in the ‘30s. Who was this Rivera whom she presumably married? One thing is for certain, she never looked back!

by Anonymousreply 66January 30, 2024 9:39 PM

Did cheating on Geraldo’s father cause their breakup? Is Geraldo still mad at her??

by Anonymousreply 67January 30, 2024 9:40 PM

[quote]Who won the Tony that Rivera did not win for "West Side Story"?

Barbara Cook won for Featured Actress in a Musical that year for her performance in "The Music Man." Chita wasn't even nominated, as was mentioned previously.

by Anonymousreply 68January 30, 2024 9:42 PM

RIP Chits.

by Anonymousreply 69January 30, 2024 9:42 PM

Carol Lawrence (who played 'Maria' in WSS) was also nominated for Featured Actress.

So weird. Two obviously leading roles duking out for the win in the featured category.

by Anonymousreply 70January 30, 2024 9:43 PM

Oooo. What a burn!🔥

by Anonymousreply 71January 30, 2024 9:44 PM

They better dim those damn lights for Ms. Chita Rivera!

by Anonymousreply 72January 30, 2024 9:47 PM

My understanding is that in the early Tony years, if someone was placed in the Leading or Featured category was still primarily determined by whether or not they were billed above the title or not. The size of the role didn't really matter.

That's still the official rule, but there is a lot more (successful) petitioning these days to move people into the more appropriate category based on the size of the role.

by Anonymousreply 73January 30, 2024 9:48 PM

And now Hinton Battle has joined her for a pas de deux.

by Anonymousreply 74January 30, 2024 9:49 PM

I met her once at a Miss Richfield 1981 performance at Ars Nova perhaps 15 or so years ago. Ms. Rivera was charming and delightful. The audience of 100 or so was nearly all gay men, and we were giddy with excitement to see Chita in person. She reveled in it and was seemed to happy to be with us.

by Anonymousreply 75January 30, 2024 10:05 PM

Jeez, even in Chita's death people are still talking about Rita.

by Anonymousreply 76January 30, 2024 10:15 PM

Was Chita still in “Chicago” when Liza subbed for Gwen Vernon? Did they hate each other then?

by Anonymousreply 77January 30, 2024 10:21 PM

Dammit, Vernon. Damn autocorrect.

by Anonymousreply 78January 30, 2024 10:22 PM

[quote] She came a long way from Tarzan’s simian companion in the ‘30s.

She had such a storied career. She also gave so much trouble to Wonder Woman as her arch-foe.

by Anonymousreply 79January 30, 2024 10:23 PM

[quote] Dammit, Vernon.

DAMMIT, JULIE!

DAMMIT, BARBARA!

by Anonymousreply 80January 30, 2024 10:25 PM

Yes Chita was Velma when Liza did Roxie. She said that Liza already was having problems. What really put them on the outs was when Chita found out that Liza was fucking Lisa. I mean, Chits, it took two to tango.

by Anonymousreply 81January 30, 2024 10:28 PM

Has Lenora Nemetz commented?

by Anonymousreply 82January 30, 2024 10:33 PM

Mo Rocca claims here that Chita and Rita actually performed the Forbidden Broadway number together at the Kennedy Center. I feel like if that happened, I would know about it.

Anyone know if that happened? And if so, when?

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by Anonymousreply 83January 30, 2024 10:46 PM

Gee R39, you must be psychic or something.

by Anonymousreply 84January 30, 2024 10:49 PM

R32 - and all these years I have been singing I like the isle of Manhattan... Who knew.

by Anonymousreply 85January 30, 2024 10:52 PM

Was Mo thinking of this?

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by Anonymousreply 86January 30, 2024 10:53 PM

R86 I don't think so. Watch it. He's specific about the Kennedy Center. I knew about that dreadful, underrehearsed Hollywwod Bowl thing.

by Anonymousreply 87January 30, 2024 10:56 PM

Rita speaks:

She honored Rivera in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, saying, "Chita Rivera is eternal. I remember seeing her for the first time in Mr. Wonderful and exclaiming, 'Oh my God, who is that?' When I found out that this astonishing creature was one of my people, I crowed with pride."

"Over the years, we were sometimes mistaken for each other, which I always viewed as a badge of honor," adds Moreno. "She was the essence of Broadway. As I write this, I am raising a glass to this remarkable woman and friend. Chita, amiga, Salud!"

by Anonymousreply 88January 30, 2024 10:56 PM

She was the last remaining of the cast of The Bellero Shield.

by Anonymousreply 89January 30, 2024 10:57 PM

R88 Classy. Love it.

by Anonymousreply 90January 30, 2024 10:58 PM

"Over the years, we were sometimes mistaken for each other..."

But I was prettier.

by Anonymousreply 91January 30, 2024 10:59 PM

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley are hosting a tribute to Chita tonight at 8pm.

It’ll be a four-hanky celebration of her life.

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by Anonymousreply 92January 30, 2024 11:01 PM

Rita is actually older than Chita. I just looked it up.

by Anonymousreply 93January 30, 2024 11:02 PM

But sadly, Chita looked at least a decade older than Rita.

by Anonymousreply 94January 30, 2024 11:07 PM

A life in Photos

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by Anonymousreply 95January 30, 2024 11:09 PM

Oh shits, not Chits.

by Anonymousreply 96January 30, 2024 11:09 PM

In her book, Carol Lawrence said, "Chita was like the sister I always wanted, and we became very good friends. Chita and I could tell almost viscerally what was going on in each other's mind." Carol and Chita were born few months apart.

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by Anonymousreply 97January 30, 2024 11:09 PM

CZJ: "There are no words to tell you what an incredible impact you have had on my life," wrote Zeta-Jones, 54. "From dreaming of being you as a little girl, then meeting you and then being deeply connected to you by playing the one and only Velma Kelly in Chicago. There will never, ever, be anyone like you Chita, ever. Dim the lights on Broadway! Or, may I suggest, we just [pull] the plug. I love you Chita, sleep tight my Queen."

by Anonymousreply 98January 30, 2024 11:10 PM

Debbie Allen: "My Mentor, My Friend, Our Goddess of Inspiration and Joy - Thank You. Every moment of your life has been a treasure of what is possible. I will miss touching you, but I will forever hear your laughter and hold that baton of power you tossed my way."

by Anonymousreply 99January 30, 2024 11:11 PM

Has anybody read her memoir?

by Anonymousreply 100January 30, 2024 11:13 PM

Got to meet her at The Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS Annual Flea Market. I was telling her I had something that has been sitting in a closet and it's only half done. I pull out my "The Rink" window card that was signed by Liza and the smiley face she adds. All the other celebs ohhh and ahhed I and I say, "nope it's like a half finished Picasso and you have to finish it for me". With a huge smile she says "With Pleasure!" and she did. RIP Miss R.

by Anonymousreply 101January 30, 2024 11:14 PM

Debbie Allen has a baton of power?

by Anonymousreply 102January 30, 2024 11:14 PM

Poor Chita.

by Anonymousreply 103January 30, 2024 11:15 PM

Chita Rivera on Love, Showbiz and All That Jazz

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by Anonymousreply 104January 30, 2024 11:15 PM

Never knew her real name was Geraldine Rivers

by Anonymousreply 105January 30, 2024 11:16 PM

R100 Yes, it was interesting if a bit defanged. I can't remember much of it though.

by Anonymousreply 106January 30, 2024 11:17 PM

Gerry!

by Anonymousreply 107January 30, 2024 11:17 PM

Chita Rivera was the Queen of Atlantis... cruise ships. That's where I saw her. She was dazzling and I didn't know she had done all the numbers in her act of Broadway hits.

by Anonymousreply 108January 30, 2024 11:18 PM

*

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by Anonymousreply 109January 30, 2024 11:18 PM

For her contribution to cultural endeavors, she was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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by Anonymousreply 110January 30, 2024 11:20 PM

I love your post r108

by Anonymousreply 111January 30, 2024 11:20 PM

I had the opportunity to buy a pair of her shoes at a charity auction once…and I didn’t. I think they sold for $15. Sorry, Chita, you and your shoes deserved so much more.

by Anonymousreply 112January 30, 2024 11:25 PM

Were they dancing shoes?

by Anonymousreply 113January 30, 2024 11:27 PM

Susan Dey is inconsolable. All she can say is, "Oh Rita...No, No, Chita!"

Another more coherent statement is forthcoming.

by Anonymousreply 114January 30, 2024 11:36 PM

"She did That Thing!"

by Anonymousreply 115January 30, 2024 11:36 PM

Always adored Chita. She gave us so much.🎶

by Anonymousreply 116January 30, 2024 11:48 PM

And Ariana DeBose still walks among us.

by Anonymousreply 117January 30, 2024 11:52 PM

^ Were they cha cha shoes?

by Anonymousreply 118January 31, 2024 12:09 AM

Chita and her mother in 1981.

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by Anonymousreply 119January 31, 2024 12:20 AM

Judy wanted to wring her neck...

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by Anonymousreply 120January 31, 2024 12:20 AM

Joey liked that number R120.

by Anonymousreply 121January 31, 2024 12:36 AM

Chita…don’t get discouraged…

The man, he ain’t so bad, after all…

by Anonymousreply 122January 31, 2024 12:41 AM

Married Tony Mordente, a "West Side Story" dancer. Was he straight?

by Anonymousreply 123January 31, 2024 12:43 AM

R120 that’s not the Judy Garland Show…

by Anonymousreply 124January 31, 2024 12:50 AM

[quote] Debbie Allen: "My Mentor, My Friend, Our Goddess of Inspiration and Joy - Thank You. Every moment of your life has been a treasure of what is possible.[bold] I will miss touching you,[/bold] but I will forever hear your laughter and hold that baton of power you tossed my way."

Touched by a Debbie Allen

by Anonymousreply 125January 31, 2024 12:54 AM

I saw CHICAGO twice when Liza went into it. Loved Gwen (who I'd also seen twice) but Liza was sensational in her own way. And, of course, Chita was out of this world......just the opening alone coming up on that huge drum.

But when Liza went into the show, and this was at the height of her stardom. they made "I Am My Own Best Friend" into a solo for her instead of the usual Roxie/Velma duo. That was pretty shocking.

by Anonymousreply 126January 31, 2024 1:07 AM

C&L

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by Anonymousreply 127January 31, 2024 1:21 AM

[quote]This thread is not appropriately titled, she is not dead she is DEAD TO ME.

Shut up.

by Anonymousreply 128January 31, 2024 1:25 AM

Poor Chits had to work with Lizsha twice

by Anonymousreply 129January 31, 2024 1:33 AM

So lucky to have seen her so many times over the years, starting with Bye Bye Birdie. When I saw her in The RInk, I remarked that Liza made it look hard, and Chita made it look easy. That was true brilliance. So long, Chits!

by Anonymousreply 130January 31, 2024 1:37 AM

I think I love you.

by Anonymousreply 131January 31, 2024 1:49 AM

Yet he still walks among us.

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by Anonymousreply 132January 31, 2024 1:55 AM

So is it fair to say Chita is the "Michael Jackson" to Hinton Battle's "Farrah" today ?

by Anonymousreply 133January 31, 2024 2:03 AM

I think Chita would be offended by that, r133.

by Anonymousreply 134January 31, 2024 2:13 AM

r60- you left out a revival. The one right before COVID. I do not know her name and I do not believe she was even nominated.

by Anonymousreply 135January 31, 2024 3:28 AM

Here they are.

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by Anonymousreply 136January 31, 2024 3:34 AM

r133- I already posted that somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 137January 31, 2024 3:34 AM

Not fair to include the Anita from the Ivo revival as she did not do the same Robbins choreography as the others. Most of the others even wore the same Sharaff costumes.

by Anonymousreply 138January 31, 2024 3:41 AM

Interesting that Liza's official Instagram says nothing about Chita but a happy birthday post for her PR person was posted three hours ago.

by Anonymousreply 139January 31, 2024 3:45 AM

Maybe that controlling Michael Feinstein is withholding the news from her, R139.

by Anonymousreply 140January 31, 2024 3:50 AM

I will tell dear Liza about Chita. Sensitively and caringly, when the time is right and the cameras are ready!

by Anonymousreply 141January 31, 2024 3:53 AM

Oh yeah, like Liza writes her own IG.

by Anonymousreply 142January 31, 2024 3:53 AM

I am a mashter of shoshial media!

by Anonymousreply 143January 31, 2024 4:22 AM

[R60]- you left out a revival. The one right before COVID. I do not know her name and I do not believe she was even nominated.

I didn't include the 2020 Ivo van Hove production, because it only played 24 performances before the Covid lockdown and never reopened.

Thus, it was ineligible for any Tonys, so no one was nominated.

BTW: 'Anita' was played by Yesenia Ayala in that production.

by Anonymousreply 144January 31, 2024 6:29 AM

[quote][R60] - you left out a revival. The one right before COVID. I do not know her name and I do not believe she was even nominated.

I didn't include the 2020 Ivo van Hove production, because it only played 24 performances before the Covid lockdown and never reopened.

Thus, it was ineligible for any Tonys, so no one was nominated.

BTW: 'Anita' was played by Yesenia Ayala in that production.

by Anonymousreply 145January 31, 2024 6:30 AM

This dear Chita minutia I why I love you bitches.

by Anonymousreply 146January 31, 2024 6:48 AM

I’ve never been a show queen, it’s just not my taste, too overblown. An old boyfriend got us tickets for Kiss Of The Spider Woman when it was on in London. Fully expecting to be bored stiff, I was blown away by Chita Rivera. That lady was a star.

by Anonymousreply 147January 31, 2024 7:11 AM

I too, saw Spider Woman in London and was blown away by Chita. I couldn't wait for the cast album to come out. She was a STAR.

by Anonymousreply 148January 31, 2024 7:16 AM

Chita just always seemed like a really cool lady.

In her entire career did anybody bitch about her or think she was a pain in the ass? I don't think so!

by Anonymousreply 149January 31, 2024 7:44 AM

I have always envied her for having married (and fucked) Tony Mordente, who was my favorite Jet in the 1961 WSS film.

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by Anonymousreply 150January 31, 2024 7:56 AM

Here they are on their wedding day in 1957.

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by Anonymousreply 151January 31, 2024 7:57 AM

Damn, he sho was ugly.

by Anonymousreply 152January 31, 2024 7:58 AM

Tony Mordente was not ugly.

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by Anonymousreply 153January 31, 2024 8:02 AM

[quote]Tony Mordente was not ugly

No, but in the photo at R153, he does sort of resemble someone from the "Hot Mugshots" thread.

by Anonymousreply 154January 31, 2024 8:20 AM

Can any of you please confirm whether Tony is currently alive and incarcerated?

by Anonymousreply 155January 31, 2024 8:30 AM

Sorry, all three photos provided show an ugly man. He was Moe Szyslak before The Simpsons. I'm sure he had a great body, because he was a dancer, but that face looks like it was used for boxing practice.

by Anonymousreply 156January 31, 2024 8:55 AM

Found a wedding day photo... Tony was a good looking man. The pic is really of a time - look at his hair!

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by Anonymousreply 157January 31, 2024 11:45 AM

Audra McDonald sang at the Kennedy Center last night and had a nice tribute to Hinton Battle with “Home”’and Chita with “Some Other Time/Somewhere”. She got very emotional about both, talking at length about how Chita connected to everyone. Great evening.

by Anonymousreply 158January 31, 2024 12:04 PM

So sweet

by Anonymousreply 159January 31, 2024 1:40 PM

I'm a man of the theatre and my FB and Insta feeds are utterly filled with tributes to Chita from those who worked with her, those simply met her and those who simply sat in a room and watched her perform. She was clearly a person treated everyone she met with great respect and love.

Very beautiful and overwhelming to read it all. And how lovely that she aged so gracefully that she went out looking her best to her fans and friends. RIP dear lady.

by Anonymousreply 160January 31, 2024 2:32 PM

R160 I'm not a theater (or theatre) man but, same. So many people I knew met her, loved her and had only nice things to say about her.

by Anonymousreply 161January 31, 2024 3:18 PM

[quote]In her entire career did anybody bitch about her or think she was a pain in the ass? I don't think so!

She hit me in the head with a fondue pot.

by Anonymousreply 162January 31, 2024 5:15 PM

R155 They married in 1957. Divorced in '66. Tony is still alive, now 89. Daughter, Lisa, (65) announced Chita's death.

by Anonymousreply 163January 31, 2024 6:13 PM

Fun fact: daughter Lisa is an actress and she was in "The Who's Tommy" in the 90s... and I'm sure some other things that I don't know.

by Anonymousreply 164January 31, 2024 6:18 PM

Isn't Tony a homosexual?

by Anonymousreply 165January 31, 2024 6:20 PM

Lisa, unfortunately, is a complete nepo baby. She was in several things in the 80s and was terrible in all of them and I think she got a Tony nomination somewhere. She wanted to play Morales in the replacement ACL cast but couldn't sing or dance well enough.

by Anonymousreply 166January 31, 2024 6:31 PM

Hey kids, don't forget Platinum!

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by Anonymousreply 167January 31, 2024 7:43 PM

R164- Lisa was not in TOMMY. She was assistant to Wayne Cilento. Lisa was in Platinum and Marlowe though.

by Anonymousreply 168January 31, 2024 7:44 PM

Lisa was Tony nominated for Marlowe

by Anonymousreply 169January 31, 2024 7:46 PM

MARLOWE

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by Anonymousreply 170January 31, 2024 7:48 PM

R167, Richard Cox went from Broadway to Cruising, and yet he still claims to be heterosexual.

by Anonymousreply 171January 31, 2024 7:50 PM

He is heterosexual. I worked on a flop play with him back in the 90s and he was a sweetheart and happily talked about anything you wanted to know. I chatted him up about Cruising quite a bit.

by Anonymousreply 172January 31, 2024 8:02 PM

[quote]Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett are all that’s left of that group

What about Kim Novak, Brigitte Bardot, Shirley MacLaine, Angie Dickenson, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Leslie Caron, even a lesser "star" like Tina Louise is alive. Eva Marie Saint is alive!

by Anonymousreply 173January 31, 2024 8:15 PM

Tony Mordente switched from acting to directing.

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by Anonymousreply 174January 31, 2024 8:21 PM

[quote]Angie Dickenson

That's MISS Angie DICKINSON

by Anonymousreply 175January 31, 2024 8:35 PM

What do their Broadway resumes consist of, r173?

by Anonymousreply 176January 31, 2024 9:22 PM

[quote]What do their Broadway resumes consist of, R173?

Shirley MacLaine owes her career to having been Carol Haney's understudy in "The Pajama Game" and having to go on for her one night.

by Anonymousreply 177January 31, 2024 9:25 PM

R172, Cox was in Platinum with Alexis Smith and Lisa Mordente.

by Anonymousreply 178January 31, 2024 9:30 PM

Lisa is a shortie like her parents.

by Anonymousreply 179January 31, 2024 9:36 PM

[quote] "Suicide? Drugs? Bathtub?"

Moreno, R11.

by Anonymousreply 180January 31, 2024 9:58 PM

r180, meet r43.

by Anonymousreply 181January 31, 2024 10:02 PM

Ha, R180! Hello, R43.

by Anonymousreply 182January 31, 2024 10:05 PM

I'd say Helen Gallagher is in that group as well.

by Anonymousreply 183January 31, 2024 10:24 PM

That song from Sunset aka Platinum is instantly forgettable.

by Anonymousreply 184January 31, 2024 10:34 PM

Which one are you talking about, r184?

by Anonymousreply 185February 1, 2024 12:16 AM

Sunset City

by Anonymousreply 186February 1, 2024 12:27 AM

r177 - r23's list was of Broadway legends who are gone. Shirley would count because of the way she was discovered (which is legendary) but Shirl wasn't a Broadway star. The others on the list at r173 weren't Broadway stars either.

by Anonymousreply 187February 1, 2024 2:03 AM

Chita will always be theatre royalty. She not only played Broadway but also toured and did lots of stock. Didn't have a big film or tv career but she's the last of the true Broadway legends. She was also kind, generous and a pro. She played the last performance of The Visit with no voice. She danced on sprained ankles. Who does that today? Certainly not the current crop of stars who can't do 8 shows a week.

by Anonymousreply 188February 1, 2024 2:49 AM

It was her solid ballet training. Her discipline and her line.

by Anonymousreply 189February 1, 2024 3:11 AM

^^ plagiarizing NYT supplemental article about her dance background.

by Anonymousreply 190February 1, 2024 3:28 AM

My god, R136, how Chita moves in that number! Her arms! (dare I say port de bras? is it too pretentious?) Man, I love great dancing.

by Anonymousreply 191February 1, 2024 4:21 AM

Helen Gallagher and her buck teeth

by Anonymousreply 192February 1, 2024 4:24 AM

Only 91?

I blame drugs.

by Anonymousreply 193February 1, 2024 4:27 AM

Has Lizsha commented?

by Anonymousreply 194February 1, 2024 4:33 AM

Didn't read it, r190. But it's such a simple basic truth...what's to plagiarize?

by Anonymousreply 195February 1, 2024 4:34 AM

[quote] Certainly not the current crop of stars who can't do 8 shows a week.

I'll give you 6.

by Anonymousreply 196February 1, 2024 4:37 AM

Here’s a picture I cut out of People magazine and have saved for 40 years because I like it so much:

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by Anonymousreply 197February 1, 2024 4:38 AM

the attention to épaulement — the carriage of the arms and shoulders —

ballet training that set Rivera apart

by Anonymousreply 198February 1, 2024 4:39 AM

REST IN PEACE CHITS

by Anonymousreply 199February 1, 2024 4:39 AM

I know you bitches hate TiKTok, but here's a clip of 70's Chita performing "America" from West Side Story in a dance studio with Donna McKechnie sitting on the floor looking on on awe.

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by Anonymousreply 200February 1, 2024 6:10 AM

Was Chita short for Charles? She looked like a busted trans woman to me.

by Anonymousreply 201February 1, 2024 6:45 AM

Bedtime, r201!

by Anonymousreply 202February 1, 2024 6:51 AM

I met Tony Mordente backstage when I was a kid with my ballet teacher in the 60s and I remember how intense and short he was. Maybe 5’4-5’5? I’m assuming she was 5’6 plus?

by Anonymousreply 203February 1, 2024 6:58 AM

Chita as Mrs Dame, the maid of Sally Kellerman in The Bellero Shield, wears no shoes.

by Anonymousreply 204February 1, 2024 8:28 AM

I saw her in concert later in her career. she sang but did not dance. My friend worked as her personal assistant for the show. I actually think my friend volunteered this service rather than being employed by Chita, as my friend was a friend of the producer. The main thing I remember about the show was that the lighting design was TERRIBLE. It had these awful big circles which totally upstaged her. I wondered how she could have approved it.

by Anonymousreply 205February 1, 2024 8:35 AM

[quote]Her arms! (dare I say port de bras?

Mary, you DASN'T!

by Anonymousreply 206February 1, 2024 8:42 AM

R200 that was from the Sondheim tribute show. She performed it with Pamela Myers and I think McKechnie choreographed it, not reproduced the Robbins choreography.

by Anonymousreply 207February 1, 2024 2:55 PM

I worked for Kander and Ebb in the 90s. I trained them both and was Fred's assistant for a year. Chita came around a few times. She was petite and yet such a powerhouse presence. I was young and hadn't seen her perform live. She was so kind and down to earth. Truly an end of an era. I hear John was with her at the end.

by Anonymousreply 208February 1, 2024 9:23 PM

Being petite makes one down to earth.

by Anonymousreply 209February 1, 2024 9:26 PM

Harvey Fierstein recalled starting as a fan — he still remembers as a child seeing her in “Bye Bye Birdie” — and then becoming close after she came to see him in “Torch Song Trilogy.”

“She was so exciting onstage — she was funny, she was dramatic, and she could do it all,” Fierstein said in a telephone interview. “She was, for me, a mentor, a great friend, and one of the people that I adored most. She was a good-time gal, but she also was the hardest working woman ever — she loved it, and she would do more if she could.”

by Anonymousreply 210February 1, 2024 9:31 PM

[quote]I trained them both

To do what, r208?

by Anonymousreply 211February 1, 2024 9:37 PM

[quote] Harvey Fierstein recalled starting as a fan — he still remembers as a child seeing her in “Bye Bye Birdie” — and then becoming close after she came to see him in “Torch Song Trilogy.” “She was so exciting onstage — she was funny, she was dramatic, and she could do it all,” Fierstein said in a telephone interview. “She was, for me, a mentor, a great friend, and one of the people that I adored most. She was a good-time gal, but she also was the hardest working woman ever — she loved it, and she would do more if she could.”

Reached from Heaven, Rivera responded, "I hated that asshole. Everyone hated/hates him. But you put up with that phony shit for the sake of the community."

by Anonymousreply 212February 1, 2024 9:52 PM

Trained them to do what, R208?

by Anonymousreply 213February 1, 2024 10:58 PM

R213 Fisting, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 214February 1, 2024 11:36 PM

[quote]Isn't Tony a homosexual?

Tony Mordente has been married to his second wife, Jean Fraser, since the 1970s.

They have one daughter, Adriana.

by Anonymousreply 215February 1, 2024 11:52 PM

Another of Tony's ex's, Sandy Rovetta, played Cassie in the International company of ACL. His then and current wife, Jean Fraser, played Maggie in the same company at the same time. Awkward.

by Anonymousreply 216February 2, 2024 12:59 AM

Sandy Rovetta

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by Anonymousreply 217February 2, 2024 1:04 AM

In her memoir, Chita says that Bob Fosse had a huge sex drive and would try to bed every female in every show.

Alas, Fosse never hit on her, which Chita admits was insulting.

by Anonymousreply 218February 2, 2024 1:27 AM

I don't think he hit on Jill Clayburgh in Pippin. she said that because she was not a dancer, he had no respect for her.

by Anonymousreply 219February 2, 2024 1:54 AM

[quote] I trained them both

[quote]To do what, [R208]?

Use the toilet, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 220February 2, 2024 4:00 AM

Sandy was also in Chorus Line Angels episode of Charlies Angels. Did anyone see her as Cassie? She was the first Cassie in the International Company and opened in London but I never heard much about her. Ann Reinking took Donna's part in NY when Donna went to LA.

by Anonymousreply 221February 2, 2024 4:18 AM

I can't act, Zach.

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by Anonymousreply 222February 2, 2024 4:27 AM

R222, not Sandy. She's to the right of Jaclyn Smith in the beginning. Pamela Peadon has most of the acting lines and she played Cassie in LA to excellent reviews, although Bennett didn't like her.

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by Anonymousreply 223February 2, 2024 4:37 AM

Pam Peadon looking gorgeous

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by Anonymousreply 224February 2, 2024 5:43 AM

Who?

by Anonymousreply 225February 2, 2024 7:35 AM

Geraldo must be in mourning.

by Anonymousreply 226February 2, 2024 7:38 AM

[quote]Cox was in Platinum with Alexis Smith and Lisa Mordente.

And legend has it showed his cox in a full frontal hot tub scene. Had tickets but it closed before my date.

by Anonymousreply 227February 2, 2024 10:34 AM

Pamela Peadon might have had a chance if she'd only changed her name.

by Anonymousreply 228February 2, 2024 5:26 PM

Who was it that Pamela Peadon?

by Anonymousreply 229February 2, 2024 5:34 PM

Michael Arden, of course.

by Anonymousreply 230February 2, 2024 6:07 PM

Peadon was also Donna's understudy in the On The Town revival. She got a lot of TV because of her performance as Cassie in LA. She played Marilyn Miller in the Ziegfeld movie and wasn't bad.

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by Anonymousreply 231February 2, 2024 7:06 PM

I had heard this Chita story decades ago, so O am unsure if it is true, or a Broadway fable. Are there any of Chits' friends who can verify or deny?

After her horrible auto accident that left her with a compound fracture of her leg, it was uncertain if she would walk again. Before she was rushed into surgery to have her 18 screws inserted and the limc reset, she wanted to be sure that her cast was set with her wearing a character shoe. If the surgery meant the loss of mobility, she sure as hell wanted her foot to be set for dance heels for the rest of her life. If surgery was a success, she would be one step closer to her next audition.

Whether true or a fable, that resilience was pure Chita.

by Anonymousreply 232February 2, 2024 10:45 PM

I just want to thank you all and Datalounge. Where else im the world could I have come to mourn Chita? Where else could I compare notes with someone who's read La Cote Basque recently? This place is uniquen

Also, my friend Joe who I met on here. Love you all.

by Anonymousreply 233February 3, 2024 12:54 AM

A lovely piece from the Guardian.

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by Anonymousreply 234February 3, 2024 9:04 AM

[quote]Being petite makes one down to earth.

True that!

by Anonymousreply 235February 4, 2024 10:14 AM

Did Broadway dim for Chita?

by Anonymousreply 236February 4, 2024 11:56 AM

They will—it doesn’t happen THAT quickly.

by Anonymousreply 237February 4, 2024 1:30 PM

Broadway has already forgotten her.

by Anonymousreply 238February 4, 2024 2:51 PM

Seriously, R237?

They used to dim the following night.

by Anonymousreply 239February 4, 2024 3:40 PM

Not true.

by Anonymousreply 240February 4, 2024 3:43 PM

The corporate overlords of the theater owners just need to coordinate—that is all.

by Anonymousreply 241February 4, 2024 3:44 PM

Dimmed on Feb 2.

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by Anonymousreply 242February 4, 2024 3:45 PM

R242, Three(3) days after she died.

by Anonymousreply 243February 4, 2024 3:47 PM

The dimming typically happens a few days after death, though timing varies.

by Anonymousreply 244February 4, 2024 3:48 PM

Ethel Merman died on February 15, 1984.

Broadway dimmed its lights for her on February 20th.

by Anonymousreply 245February 4, 2024 3:51 PM

R241, Which can be done via text messages.

by Anonymousreply 246February 4, 2024 3:52 PM

“Hollywood leading lady Lauren Bacall died at age 89 on the morning of Aug. 12, 2014, after suffering a stroke at her home. The legendary actress first emerged on the scene as the star of the 1944 film "To Have and Have Not" and starred in several others, including "The Mirror Has Two Faces" and "Designing Woman."

Broadway theaters will dim their marquees on Friday evening in memory of Tony Award winner and iconic Hollywood screen actress Lauren Bacall, who died on Tuesday at the age of 89.“

by Anonymousreply 247February 4, 2024 3:55 PM

FYI August 12 2014 was a Tuesday.

by Anonymousreply 248February 4, 2024 4:30 PM

oops missed the last sentence.

by Anonymousreply 249February 4, 2024 4:30 PM

Che? CHE!

by Anonymousreply 250February 4, 2024 5:10 PM

Hey, R240 . . .

“As the Broadway community mourns the loss of Carol Channing, the theatre district will send her off with a tradition befitting of a stage legend. Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights in memory of the Tony winner January 16 for one minute at 7:45 PM. Ms. Channing died January 15 at the age of 97.“

by Anonymousreply 251February 4, 2024 5:14 PM

One more for R240 . . .

“The Broadway community paid tribute to the late Barbara Cook with its traditional light-dimming ceremony. Theatre marquees went dark for exactly one minute August 9 at 7:45 PM. Cook died of respiratory failure August 8, surrounded by her friends and family, at the age of 89.“

by Anonymousreply 252February 4, 2024 5:20 PM

Two examples does not make a rule…you’re outnumbered. Don’t make a fuss where none is needed.

by Anonymousreply 253February 4, 2024 5:59 PM

Yes, R232, I believe that is true. I know one of her best and oldest friends and he once shared that story to me and (jokes aside) mlop also mentioned the same thing in her ATC posts about visiting Chita often during her recovery period.

by Anonymousreply 254February 4, 2024 6:46 PM

And don’t post cunty remarks that are blatantly false, R253.

by Anonymousreply 255February 4, 2024 7:06 PM

Nothing false—you are just being pissy about the clapback…. You’ll get over it.

by Anonymousreply 256February 4, 2024 9:38 PM

r240 - is there really a need to be so argumentative? R253 is right, there are many examples from recent history that indicate, for whatever reason, there is a longer gap between a star's death and the dimming of lights on Broadway. I don't know why it sometimes takes so long to organize. And, I don't disagree that it would be nice if it happened closer to the star's passing, but there have been several dimmings in recent years that happened WEEKS after the star's passing.

by Anonymousreply 257February 4, 2024 11:34 PM

R257

240 and 253 are the same poster. Jeez

by Anonymousreply 258February 4, 2024 11:41 PM

For Hal Prince, Broadway dimmed THE DAY HE DIED.

“Broadway theatres will dim their lights to send off the late theatre titan Harold Prince, whose shows graced the stages of several houses along the Great White Way. Marquees will go dark for exactly one minute July 31 at 7:45 PM.

Mr. Prince died July 31 following a brief illness. He was 91.“

by Anonymousreply 259February 5, 2024 2:49 AM

“The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed Aug. 8 at 8 PM for one minute in memory of Tony winner Marvin Hamlisch, the celebrated composer, performer, arranger, musical coordinator, orchestrator and musical supervisor, who passed away Aug. 6 at age 68.“

by Anonymousreply 260February 5, 2024 2:56 AM

“The Broadway community mourns the loss of Bea Arthur, who died on Saturday, April 25th at age 86. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Tuesday, April 28th, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.“

by Anonymousreply 261February 5, 2024 3:00 AM

“Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights at 8 PM on Thursday Oct. 24 in honor of the Oct. 23 passing of lyricist-librettist Adolph Green. The lights will be dimmed for the traditional one minute.“

by Anonymousreply 262February 5, 2024 3:04 AM

“Broadway will mourn the loss of theatrical star Tony Randall May 18 by dimming the lights on all marquees at 8 PM.

Randall died in his sleep yesterday evening May 17 at NYU Medical Center due to complications from a prolonged illness.”

by Anonymousreply 263February 5, 2024 3:16 AM

“The Broadway community mourns the loss of Mike Nichols, Tony Award-winning director, producer, writer and performer, who died Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at the age of 83. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, 21 November 2014, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.“

by Anonymousreply 264February 5, 2024 3:24 AM

“The marquees of the Broadway theatres will be dimmed May 11 at 7 PM for one minute to pay tribute to the late singer-actress Lena Horne, who died May 9 at the age of 92.“

by Anonymousreply 265February 5, 2024 3:27 AM

You can stop now…

by Anonymousreply 266February 5, 2024 3:31 AM

“The lights on Broadway marquees were dimmed for one minute Wednesday night in memory of stage, movie and television actor Jerry Orbach.

Orbach, who died of prostate cancer yesterday in Manhattan, had a gift for charming audiences.”

by Anonymousreply 267February 5, 2024 3:33 AM

Why are you such a massive asshole in every thread you post? You have serious mental and emotional problems. I wish you'd get banned for life for our good and yours.

by Anonymousreply 268February 5, 2024 3:33 AM

Donna wanted the lights dimmed to dance the night away.

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by Anonymousreply 269February 5, 2024 3:50 AM

R176 Is Carol Burnett's Broadway resume so impressive, then?

by Anonymousreply 270February 5, 2024 6:54 AM

Once Upon a Mattress. Fade Out Fade In. Moon Over Buffalo. Putting It Together. Hollywood Arms. Love Letters.

That's four more Broadway credits than I have... How about you, R270?

by Anonymousreply 271February 5, 2024 6:58 AM

R271 I don't have any Broadway credits. Congratulations on yours.

By the way, Elizabeth Ashley has 18 Broadway credits. She's still around. Even Jane Fonda has five or six.

by Anonymousreply 272February 5, 2024 7:12 AM

Why is it so hard to dim the lights? All you have to do is push a button, right?

by Anonymousreply 273February 5, 2024 2:35 PM

When (if) Patti LuPone dies, Broadway will be dark for a whole week!

by Anonymousreply 274February 5, 2024 2:36 PM

R273, And coordinate with other theatres, which can be done with a simple group text.

by Anonymousreply 275February 5, 2024 2:48 PM

There’s the entire Broadway League involved. They’ve now rued the day Charlotte was sent packing. They need her just for this kind of thing 🤠

by Anonymousreply 276February 5, 2024 3:00 PM

. . .

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by Anonymousreply 277February 5, 2024 3:04 PM

"Even Jane Fonda" is no Broadway slouch, R272, with Tony nominations in 1960 and 2009. But I get your drift.

by Anonymousreply 278February 5, 2024 3:15 PM

Wait. Are they NOT going to dim for Chita? They dim for Carrie Fisher and Joan Rivers but NOT Chita Rivera?

by Anonymousreply 279February 5, 2024 6:06 PM

As you said yourself—wait! It will happen

by Anonymousreply 280February 5, 2024 6:15 PM

We are dimming the lights, but Rita keeps turning them on!

by Anonymousreply 281February 5, 2024 7:07 PM

For Chita they should simply cancel all performances for one night, and have all the ticket holders do a candlelight march down Broadway instead.

by Anonymousreply 282February 5, 2024 9:05 PM

R282, All wearing poodle skirts.

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by Anonymousreply 283February 5, 2024 9:47 PM

And yelping as in "America".

by Anonymousreply 284February 5, 2024 9:50 PM

Why did they give her grey strips of hair in Sweet Charity? It's like they tried to make her older than she was.

by Anonymousreply 285February 5, 2024 10:14 PM

Maybe to make her look older than Shirley MacLaine, R295. She was an "older and wiser" sort of character.

by Anonymousreply 286February 5, 2024 10:17 PM

R285, there was no way they could make Chita look younger than anyone in that movie. She looked 20 years older than Shirley or Paula. As for the wig, it was Fosse's idea. She said that Fosse wanted to make Nikki look cheap so he put her in the wig and also put on this very white makeup. She fought it but Fosse wouldn't budge. She's lucky he got Shirley because if he didn't, the studios would have pushed for their choices for Nikki and Helene. Diana Ross (seriously) and, wait for it.....Rita Moreno.

by Anonymousreply 287February 5, 2024 10:31 PM

Chita has only kind words for Shirley MacLaine in her autobiography.

After a dance number take that Fosse had called a print, Chita was upset because she had slightly danced out of range. Shirley saw that she was unhappy and when Chita told her why, Shirley requested another take and Fosse agreed.

by Anonymousreply 288February 6, 2024 1:32 AM

R288 aww love that!

It seriously STUNS me that there's ANY question of light dimming. Anyone know where that stands?

by Anonymousreply 289February 6, 2024 2:36 AM

Wait, Broadway dimmed the lights for Carrie Fisher but not Debbie Reynolds?

by Anonymousreply 290February 6, 2024 2:45 AM

R290 both of them. At the same time.

by Anonymousreply 291February 6, 2024 3:22 AM

Alexis Smith received a double barreled hit.

Not only did Broadway not dim for her, the Oscars did not include her in their In Memoriam.

by Anonymousreply 292February 6, 2024 4:16 AM

If they don't dim for Chita the whole thing is a fucking JOKE.

by Anonymousreply 293February 6, 2024 4:18 AM

And third - Alexis has no star on the walk of fame!

by Anonymousreply 294February 6, 2024 4:18 AM

But I think she was in the Oscars In Memoriam.

by Anonymousreply 295February 6, 2024 4:19 AM

Yep just checked. alexis is there.

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by Anonymousreply 296February 6, 2024 4:23 AM

R296, Yes, at 1:26.

by Anonymousreply 297February 6, 2024 4:28 AM

G's hair is dead too in that tribute.

by Anonymousreply 298February 6, 2024 5:16 AM

R296, Alexis died in June of 1993, too late for the 1993 In Memoriam.

by Anonymousreply 299February 6, 2024 10:10 AM

Fun facts I just read online:

Yes, it’s true that Bajour was Chita Rivera’s only Broadway foray between Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago, but it wasn’t for want of trying. It’s just that the shows kept closing out of town on their way to NYC. There were at least two I can think of, Zenda in 1963, and 1491 (Meredith Willson’s last musical) in 1969. There was a third stinker I’m blanking on at the moment. Anyhow, she took work as it came, like National Tours of Sweet Charity (which got her the film role of Nicky when Fosse saw her in the show as Charity. Rivera found out she got the part while she was doing the show in Chicago with the original Nicky, Helen Gallagher. My understanding is that Gallagher never spoke to her again. Or at least not for the rest of the tour.).

by Anonymousreply 300February 6, 2024 11:49 AM

R291 Okay, that makes more sense. The poster only mentioned Carrie Fisher.

by Anonymousreply 301February 6, 2024 7:24 PM

Good news.

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by Anonymousreply 302February 6, 2024 7:46 PM

She’ll be forgotten by then…

by Anonymousreply 303February 6, 2024 7:58 PM

Chita!

by Anonymousreply 304February 6, 2024 7:59 PM

[quote]Broadway Will Dim Its Lights in Memory of 3-Time Tony Honoree Chita Rivera

But not until February 17. What took you so long, Broadway?

by Anonymousreply 305February 6, 2024 8:12 PM

Chits fired!

by Anonymousreply 306February 6, 2024 8:43 PM

R305, At least it will be a Saturday evening when the theatre area is packed.

by Anonymousreply 307February 6, 2024 9:30 PM

Still dead?

by Anonymousreply 308February 7, 2024 6:47 PM

Still kicking?

by Anonymousreply 309February 7, 2024 6:50 PM

Let her rest in peace.

by Anonymousreply 310February 7, 2024 8:45 PM

Sorry, I didn't realize we were disturbing her dead body, r310!

by Anonymousreply 311February 7, 2024 8:47 PM

It's the night the lights go out for Chita

It's the night they hang up her dancing shoes

Don't trust the Academy to have her In Memoriam

Cos Rita's on the board which is not good news

by Anonymousreply 312February 8, 2024 4:57 AM

[quote]Why is it so hard to dim the lights? All you have to do is push a button, right?

It's actually quite a bit more complicated than that. It involves resetting or overriding antiquated timers.

[quote][R273], And coordinate with other theatres, which can be done with a simple group text.

The theatres get their times from the League.

by Anonymousreply 313February 9, 2024 8:36 AM

[quote]If they don't dim for Chita the whole thing is a fucking JOKE.

It became a joke back in 2015 when they dimmed the lights for that 21-year-old actor, Kyle Jean-Baptiste.

He had only one Broadway credit -- LES MIZ revival (2014-2016) -- which he had joined in June 2015 as an ensemble member and Valjean understudy.

When Ramin Karimloo went on vacation in July, he made headlines as "the youngest actor ever" and "the first POC" to portray Jean Valjean on Broadway.

He left the show in late August and died in a freak accident one day later when he went to view a full moon on the fire escape of his apartment and lost his balance.

Three days later, the lights were dimmed for him.

by Anonymousreply 314February 9, 2024 10:08 AM

The night they dimmed with flavahh . . .

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by Anonymousreply 315February 9, 2024 10:18 AM

2 theaters dimmed their lights after their shows..one was the theater he was performing in. It was not the full, traditional honor. Don’t be a prick.

by Anonymousreply 316February 9, 2024 12:00 PM

R314 his fire escape accident was just like Suzy Parker in The Best of Everything.

by Anonymousreply 317February 9, 2024 9:44 PM
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