Chita Rivera, Zapping Star of Broadway and Then some, Is Dead at 91

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Chita Rivera, Zapping Star of Broadway and Then some, Is Dead at 91



The Tony Grant winning Broadway entertainer, artist, and artist Chita Rivera died on Tuesday at 91 years old.


"It is with massive individual distress that I declare the demise of the cherished Broadway symbol Chita Rivera. My dear companion of more than 40 years was 91," her rep Merle Frimark said in an explanation on Tuesday, per Individuals.


Lisa Mordente, Rivera's girl, said in a proclamation that her mom died in New York "after a concise sickness." "She is additionally made due by her kin Julio, Armando and Lola del Rivero, (her more established sister Carmen predeceased her), alongside her numerous nieces, nephews and companions," the assertion added.

A remembrance occasion for Rivera will "be declared at the appointed time," as per the family, yet his memorial service will "be private." Any gifts in her honor ought to be given to Broadway Cares/Value Battles Helps, per their solicitation. At the point when Rivera played Anita in West Side Story in 1957, her profession took off.


She then played the person in the Broadway adaptations of Bajour and Bye Birdie, which acquired her most memorable Tony selection.

Rivera, whose father was Puerto Rican, before long became perhaps of Broadway's most outstanding triple-danger (entertainer vocalist artist), making ready for Latinx specialists to follow. She began the ageless job of Anita in the first Broadway debut of "West Side Story" in 1957.

Her stage vocation features incorporate featuring jobs in "Bye Birdie," "The Arena" and "Kiss of the Bug Lady," alongside the first Broadway projects of "Folks and Dolls" and "Mr. Brilliant."

The distinctions Rivera amassed included being a Kennedy Place honoree in 2002 and the Official Decoration of Opportunity, introduced to her by President Barack Obama in 2009. She was additionally granted the 2018 Unique Tony Grant for lifetime accomplishment in the theater. Rivera likewise composed a book, "Chita: A Diary," which was distributed a year ago.


In an explanation, Lin-Manuel Miranda, overseer of "Tick, Tick… Blast!", referred to Rivera as "the pioneer for Puerto Rico on Broadway." He described how Rivera at first hadn't been accessible for the scene wherein he was trusting she'd appearance, yet he left a seat empty, not entirely settled to get it going. His fantasy came to be during the film's reshoots, when Rivera was at long last ready to sit in the seat Miranda had saved for her. On that day, he said, she "held court day in and day out."

"It stays one of the untouched delights of my life. She was superb," he added. "She IS superb, not prepared for the past tense right now."

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