‘Chita’ upstages ‘Goes’

Tuner to replace 'Anything' at Ahmanson

“Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life” will replace the planned “Anything Goes” at the Ahmanson Theater this summer.

Musical, written by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally with direction and choreography by Graciela Daniele, will run June 26-Aug. 7, with previews beginning June 17.

Center Founding Theater Group artistic director Gordon Davidson said Trevor Nunn’s production of “Anything Goes” was taken off the Ahmanson’s lineup after an unsuccessful search for producing partners to share the “significant cost” of the musical.

“Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life” recounts the story of the two-time Tony-winning Broadway actress, who is known for her Broadway portrayal of the fiery Anita in “West Side Story” in 1957.

Davidson called the upcoming show not only a story of Rivera’s journey toward stardom, but an “ode to the great choreographers of the Broadway stage.”

Most recently, Rivera appeared on Broadway in the revival of “Nine,” which starred Antonio Banderas.

Tickets for “Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life” will go on sale May 8. For info on that, contact CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772.

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