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Chita Rivera brings her talents back to Broadway

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 02:08

The stage veteran talks about her role in the new musical ''The Visit'' and ends rumors of a retirement. Alicia Powell reports.

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Broadway veteran Chita Rivera is returning to the stage. Rivera stars alongside Welsh actor, Roger Rees, as the world's wealthiest woman in "The Visit." In the one act musical, Rivera's character returns to her hometown only to find that the man she loves has moved on, which causes her to seek revenge. The 1956 play has been reworked by Broadway vets Terrence McNally and director John Doyle. SOUNDBITE: John Doyle, director, saying (English): "I think there is one little piece that has been taken out, but some other pieces have been put back in, or put in. Some new material has been written for this. So I think people will - for most people it will be a totally new show, because not all that many people have seen it in any form before." For Rees, being a part of the production is like being a part of history. SOUNDBITE: Roger Rees, actor, saying (English): "Terrence McNally has written this wonderful book based on the Durrenmatt play. But it's funny, it's sad, and sweet and affectionate and a terribly human experience to be in. So I think it's not brash or glib, but it's very affecting so I'm proud to be a part of it." In promotion of the musical Rivera has been labeled a legend, which is a title she shies from. SOUNDBITE: Chita Rivera, actress, saying (English): "I'm a dancer. I am an actor, I'm a singer, I'm a dancer, I love the theatre. I don't know about legends, you know, they remind me of something like old fables or something like that." At age 82, it had been rumored the show would be Rivera's final bow on stage, but the actress was quick to squash the speculation. SOUNDBITE: Chita Rivera, actress, saying (English): "Who started that? I don't have a clue who started that, so if you can find out who started it, ask them. This is by no - no. If I get a call, I haven't gotten a call." "The Visit" will officially open at the Lyceum Theatre on April 23.

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Chita Rivera brings her talents back to Broadway

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 02:08