The Visit: The Stunning Return of Chita

The Visit at the Lyceum Theatre: The Stunning Return of Chita.

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Chita Rivera is back on broadway, and she is one of three reasons I went to see this strangely beautiful, poetic, and oddly mesmerizing new musical by the famous other two reasons, John Kander and Fred Ebb, not to mention or forget, Terrence McNally.  Chita is a powerful presence on stage, one you can’t take your eyes or ears off of. She inhabits that eerie, beautifully designed stage (Scott Pask/Scenic Designer, Japhy Weideman/Lighting Designer) in both song and stature.

The musical, directed by the skilled John Doyle, tells a complex tale of hate, revenge, and love.  Desire for reunion and destruction. Of greed and pain. And ultimately, of sacrifice. It’s a quick 90 minute musical that will not go down in history as one of the composers best, but maybe as one of their most odd and compelling triumphs of style and substance. And for me, a chance to see, once again, the magnificent Chita do what she has always done, captivate us.
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