Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero graces Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall this week to close out Lyric Theatre’s summer season. Most, however, know her as simply, Chita Rivera.
Rivera seeks to reclaim her golden years in Chita Rivera My Broadway. She brings with her famous numbers such as “America” from West Side Story in which she played arguably her most famous role of Anita. As she points out in her show, it’s been 55 years since Rivera starred in West Side Story, the show that kick-started the career of a woman who became a staple of American musical theatre.
Sprinkled with name dropping (which she most certainly is right to do after working with some of the biggest names in musical theatre) and witty banter, My Broadway creates a 90-minute autobiography as Rivera takes the audience on a journey from her first audition the the Lyric stage.
Rivera brings back famous songs from many points in her career. Songs from shows like Chicago, The Rink and Sweet Charity are featured. A definite highlight is Rivera’s performance of “Carousel” from Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.
Although she is no longer the youthful Anita from West Side Story, Rivera still manages to charm audiences with her personality. She even proves that she still moves as she always has.
For any avid fan of musical theatre, Chita Rivera My Broadway is a must-see. It serves to entertain and even inspire those who see it. After all, in the words of Chita Rivera, “Broadway is all over America; Broadway is not just 42nd Street.”
For tickets, call the Lyric Theatre box office at 405-524-9312, or visit lyrictheatreokc.com. Chita Rivera My Broadway runs through Saturday, August 11.