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Broadway to Dim Lights in Honor of Chita Rivera
February 6, 2024, 5:11.11 pm ET


Photo: Chita Rivera

Broadway’s marquee will dim the lights on Saturday, February 17 to honor the loss of the legendary dancer, singer and actress Chita Rivera, who died after a brief illness on January 30. She was 91 years old.

One of the theater’s most celebrated performers, Rivera won two Tony Awards, for “The Rink” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” She received a total of 10 nominations over her seven-decade career and a special Tony Award. Her many theater credits include “The Visit,” “Chicago,” “Nine,” “Sweet Charity,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “West Side Story.” She also appeared in the film version of “Sweet Charity.”

Rivera was also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other awards. Rivera’s autobiography, “Chita: A Memoir,” written with journalist Patrick Pacheco, came out last year.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Mordente, and three siblings.