Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Launches New Album
Chita Rivera onstage at New York City’s Birdland Jazz Club – October 13, 2009.
Saxophone giant Charlie “Bird” Parker called it the “crossroads of the world.” New York City’s famed jazz club, Birdland, was just that on Tuesday for the launch of beloved Broadway star Chita Rivera’s new album, And Now I Swing.
Rivera originated countless iconic roles on Broadway – Anita in WEST SIDE STORY, Velma in CHICAGO, Rosie in BYE, BYE BIRDIE, Aurora in KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, to name a very few – and is revered by the theatre and film communities alike.
Performing in front of a standing room only crowd that included Catherine Zeta Jones (who played the role of Velma in the film version of CHICAGO), Alan Cumming, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Yankees Broadcaster Suzyn Waldman, Chita electrified the room with a mixture of some of her most famous signature tunes (“All that Jazz” and “A Boy Like That”), standards and new material.
The album was arranged and orchestrated by a group of Broadway’s finest musical talents – Mark Hummel, MaryAnn McSweeney, Carmel Dean, Andy Ezrin, Brian Koonin and Chita’s drummer/producer and conductor, Michael Croiter who produced her new album on his label, Yellow Sound Label.
The album is available in stores and is a great addition to any theatre and jazz lover’s musical library. A true legend at her absolute best! Chita performs at Birdland through Saturday, Oct. 17.