Few theater artists can make claims to legendary status. Chita Rivera is one of them. Beginning as a dance student in her hometown of Washington, D.C., Rivera quickly made her way to New York City’s School of American Ballet and then on to Broadway when she was cast for a 1952 production of Call Me Madam. Rivera’s breakthrough came when she was cast as Anita in the original West Side Story. With a career that spans Guys and Dolls and Can-Can, to Chicago (the original Velma Kelly), Kiss of the Spider Woman and Nine the Musical, Rivera has won two Tony Awards and great acclaim. Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life from 2005 was a revue of her musical dance career. With Chita Rivera: My Broadway, the star sings songs that have highlighted her bright career. Join her and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma in a presentation at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, Aug. 7-11. www.lyrictheatreokc.com

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