Chita, we almost saw you

I was supposed to see Chita Rivera perform tonight, but a blizzard stranded her band in New York so she’s not performing tonight even though she’s already here in town.

I feel sorry for Viterbo, where she was to perform, and for the people holding tickets to this special night of theater.

But I am luckier than most of those ticket holders because I got to see Chita Rivera on Broadway.

It was 1984 and the show was Kander and Ebb’s “The Rink.”

I admit I was going mostly to see Liza Minnelli. Even though Minnelli wasn’t a particular favorite of mine, she seemed like someone I should see if I got the chance simply because of her star power — kind of like seeing Tina Turner, Prince,The Rolling Stones or The Beatles if that opportunity came my way. (Two out of four isn’t bad — I did see Tina and the Stones.)

I still feel I haven’t seen Liza Minnelli even though I was sitting fifth row center. Liza’s performance was so lackluster that I could barely hear her.

There’s a good reason for that. Liza went into rehab a week after I saw her in “The Rink.”

But Chita was a blast of fabulousness and it’s no surprise she won the Tony that year, even though she was up against her co-star and some pretty impressive competition that included Bernadette Peters.

I don’t know what she would have been like in a one-woman show at the age of 80, but I’m guessing I would have had no trouble hearing her.

I wish her good luck on the rest of her tour. Now I’m going to go watch videos of her on YouTube.

 

 

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One thought on “Chita, we almost saw you

  1. Coincidence. I just finished “Silken Prey” yesterday. I’m betting I’ve read at least a dozen of that author’s books, although I’m wishing he’d quit using Prey in the title. Having a hard time remembering which ones I’ve read. Another coincidence. Saw Chita in “Chicago” in Vegas, I think, maybe eight years ago. A talented granny.

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