Chita Rivera & Roger Rees star in The Visit on Broadway

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producers of the upcoming production of John Kander and Fred Ebb's final musical The Visit have now confirmed that two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera and Tony winner Roger Rees will indeed return to Broadway. The musical begins previews at the Lyceum Theatre on 26 March 2015, before an official opening on 23 April.

Rumor has it that this may very will be Broadway icon Ms Rivera's final appearance on the Great White Way.

The Visit is based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 thriller and has a book by Terrence McNally and a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. It will be directed by Tony winner John Doyle and choreographed by Tony nominee Graciela Daniele.

Synopsis: "Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Durrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit is about greed, love, and one woman's carefully plotted revenge. The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Rivera), richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks 'What can your heart afford?'"

The musical originally premiered in 2001 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and was revived by director John Doyle this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, opening to mixed reviews but sell out audiences.

The Visit is produced on Broadway by Tom Kirdahy, Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes and Judith Ann Abrams.

Full casting and creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chita Rivera, aged 81, has previously starred in the Kander-Ebb-McNally musicals 'The Rink' and 'Kiss of the Spider Woman,' for which she picked up Tony Awards in 1984 and 1993 respectively. She also earned nominations for 'Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life' (2006), 'Nine' (2003), 'Jerry's Girls' (1986), 'Merlin' (1983), 'Bring Back Birdie' (1981), 'Chicago' (1976) and 'Bye Bye Birdie' (1961). Other Broadway credits include 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood,' 'West Side Story,' 'Mr. Wonderful,' and 'Can-Can.'

Roger Rees picked up a Tony Award in 1982 for 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby' and earned two further nominations in 1995 for 'Indiscretions' and in 2012 for 'Peter and the Starcatcher' (as Director). He was last seen on the Broadway stage in 2013 in 'The Winslow Boy.' Other Broadway credits include 'The Addams Family,' 'Uncle Vanya,' 'The Rehearsal,' 'The Red Shoes,' and 'London Assurance.'

- by Tom Millward

Photo by Bruce Glikas Roger Rees & Chita Rivera

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