Chita Rivera

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    And The New Miss Hell's Kitchen Is...

    Tina Burner! I don't know how she's going to get up the stairs of all those HK walkups in that gown, but that's her job. First runner-up was Brenda Dharling, a sexy gal in chiffon and sparkles, while second runner up was Pixie Aventura, a spitfire with Chita Rivera lashes and a shiny beehive. Meanw ... More >>

  • Theater

    November 14, 2012

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Not So Mysterious

    Rupert Holmes makes light of the Dickensian darkness

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    I Helped Choose Edwin Drood's Killer: My Review

    At The Mystery of Edwin Drood, melodrama meets shtick meets interaction, as Charles Dickens' last novel--which he died before finishing--gets completed by audience members picking the killer of orphan Drood. It's basically Victorian literature meets American Idol--quite an appealing mix, as it turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Liza Minnelli Explains What She Is!

    The high point of last night's Astaire Awards for Broadway/film dancing had Liza Minnelli winning the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award amidst a sea of applauding Fosse hands. "She's a standup, knockaround broad," said Tony Danza by way of tribute. "She goes for the kill and always comes bac ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Broadway ChitChat From The Tony Nominees

    ​This week's column has my invigorating talks with various award nominees who sparkled up the Broadway season. Here are some extra tidbits from the stars: How did Mark Rylance (above), the volcanic actor who's Tony nominated for Jerusalem, feel about not also being nominated for his perform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Paul McCartney Wins Kennedy Center Honors and Maybe All of 2010 As Well

    Though the gala was weeks ago, CBS just got around to airing the annual Kennedy Center Honors award show. Among the honorees? Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, Merle Haggard, Oprah Winrey, and Paul McCartney, to whom Steven Tyler can be seen paying awkward, shrill tribute to above. Which makes us wond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Hilarious Gay Spoof of "I'm Still Here"

    If you're already saying "I'm Still What?" then don't bother with this post, please.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    The "Delicious" Bea Arthur Remembered

    Some of the biggest names in 1960s-80s showbiz were at the Majestic Theater today for the geriatric alternative to Fashion Week: a memorial to Bea Arthur, who passed away this April from cancer at the age of 86. Hundreds of theater and TV bigwigs shuffled their walkers into the rows for an "afternoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Obama Presents Medals of Freedom; Rightbloggers Predictably Enraged

    ​ Yesterday afternoon President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on 16 notables including Billie Jean King, Chita Rivera, Stephen Hawking, Sidney Poitier, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Edward Kennedy, the late Jack Kemp (whose widow accep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Medal of Freedom Recipients Announced, Include Tutu, Harvey Milk

    ​President Obama has announced this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. The nation's highest civilian honor has gone in the past to folks like T.S. Eliot, Lucille Ball, Pope John XXIII, Margaret Mead, Jack Nicklaus, Mother Teresa, and Norman Podhoretz. As you may have guessed, Dem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    From The Vaults: Three Stage Legends In One Room!

    In 1975, when Gwen Verdon hurt herself and had to drop out of the original production of Chicago for a while, Liza Minnelli valiantly stepped in and dazzled alongside Gwen's costar Chita Rivera. This photo of the three divas together makes me very happy and all that jazz, so I thought I'd share it w ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 4, 2009

    Which American Idol Star Is a Lesbyterian?

    Nightlife pickin's so slim that I even went to a museum.

  • Columns

    December 10, 2008

    Why Milk Stars a Hetero!

    Plus, singer-dancer Chita Rivera, drag queen Linda Simpson, and "Boys Gone Wild" at Mr. Black

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    YouTube Treasure: Chita and the Gays!

    You know the old spiel about how there was no gay visibility on TV until Will and Grace, blah blah blah? Well, that's just so much gay horseshit. Check out this 1968 clip from the variety show The Hollywood Palace with Broadway legend Chita Rivera singing "He's so pretty for me" while backed by a sw ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 17, 2007

    Gilty Pleasures

    Stopping, looking, and glistening at the Maria Felix bash; wondering what colors Michael Moore will paint on his rainbow.

  • Art

    January 23, 2007

    Adventures of a Barrio Girl

    Rising star Quiara Alegria Hudes puts Washington Heights center stage in a new musical

  • Columns

    November 14, 2006
  • Columns

    January 3, 2006
  • Theater

    December 20, 2005

    Chita 10, Show 3

    Chita Rivera has a vivid presence, but her material all seems to be in the past tense

  • Columns

    December 6, 2005
  • Columns

    January 11, 2005
  • Columns

    June 1, 2004
  • Theater

    April 22, 2003

    Aurally Sound

    What You Hear's OK, but What Are You Seeing?

  • Columns

    March 4, 2003
  • Columns

    June 30, 1998