Together, they have 113 years experience on Broadway and 12 Tony Awards. And on Jan. 19, 2018, musical theater icons Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune will perform together at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
“I am thrilled to be joining my dear friend, the incomparable Tommy Tune on this concert tour” Rivera says in a news release announcing their touring show “Chita & Tune — Two For the Road.”
“When we performed together in my benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2013, we knew then that we had something special,” Rivera says.
Tune responds: “I love Chita Rivera. This is a dream come true!”
It’s not hyperbole to describe these two Broadway stars as among the greatest of the 20th century.
Rivera, 84, won Tonys for Best Actress in a Musical for “The Rink” (1984) and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993). She’s even better known for the shows that didn’t bring her Tony Awards: the original Anita in “West Side Story” (1957), Rosie in the original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie (1960) opposite Dick Van Dyke, and Velma in the original production of “Chicago” (1974) opposite Gwen Verdon.
She first appeared on Broadway in 1953 as a replacement dancer in the original production of “Guys and Dolls.” In 2002, Rivera received a Kennedy Center Honors, becoming the first Hispanic woman to receive this award. In 2009, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Tune, 78, has won 10 competitive Tonys: Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “Seesaw” (1974); Best Choreography for “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine” (1980); Best Direction of a Musical for “Nine” 1982; Best Actor in a Musical, Best Direction and Best Choreography for “My One and Only” (1983); Best Direction and Best Choreography “Grand Hotel” (1990); and Best Direction and Best Choreography “The Will Rogers Follies” (1991). In 2015, Tune received a Tony for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater.
He made his Broadway debut in a 1965 musical called “Baker Street.” Tune also co-starred with Barbra Streisand in the 1969 film adaptation of Jerry Herman’s Broadway hit, “Hello, Dolly!”
If you go
▪ What: “Chita & Tune — Two For the Road” starring Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune.
▪ When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.
▪ Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale