Monday, January 16, 2006

Dick Van Dyke to Join Chita Rivera in The Dancer's Life

Oh Rob!

I gotta get me a ticket to this one! I've listened (and loved) to the two of them on the original Broadway cast recording of Bye Bye Birdie so I'd love to see the two of them on stage together.

Chita was robbed when they made the movie and used Janet Leigh instead -- "Spanish Rose" just didn't sound the same!

According to this article on Playbill:

The original stars of Bye, Bye Birdie -- Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke -- will reunite on Broadway when veteran stage and screen performer Van Dyke makes a special guest appearance in Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.

Van Dyke, who was last on Broadway over 25 years ago in The Music Man, will join Rivera at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for four performances, Jan. 24-26. Rivera, who played Rosie opposite Van Dyke's Albert in Birdie, said in a statement, "I loved every performance of Birdie that I did with Dick, and am thrilled that we will be together again on stage!"

And, as previously reported, "America," the show-stopping song-and-dance number from the classic musical West Side Story, will become part of Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life this coming weekend. The number will be seen during the West Side Story section in the first act of The Dancer's Life.

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