Stephen Holden on Chita Rivera

The NYTimes on the legend, now appearing at Birdland: “When Chita Rivera dons a top hat and struts across a stage, a cane tucked under one arm, she suggests a Fellini character sprung to life. The connection hasn’t been lost on producers who have cast her in shows like “Sweet Charity” and “Nine,” adapted from Fellini movies. But Ms. Rivera, now 76, transcends any of those characters when she is simply being her ebullient, vaudevillian self, a creature dipped in sawdust and doused with glitter. She is the pied piper of razzle-dazzle challenging you to shake off your workaday blues, join the carnival parade and rejoice in life.”

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