Chowing down with Chita

B'way legend feted at luncheon

Current Tony nominees (Michael Cerveris, Oliver Platt, LaChanze) and Rialto legends (Angela Lansbury, Ben Vereen) turned out to salute Broadway favorite Chita Rivera at New Dramatists’ spring luncheon on Thursday.

“People say, ‘Well, they don’t make ’em like Chita anymore,'” said John Kander, one half of the composer-lyricist team that wrote many of the shows in which Rivera did her best-known work (“Chicago,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman”). “But they didn’t make ’em like that before.”

“For me, it’s like another Tony,” the two-time winner said when she got to the podium. “And I wish Terrence McNally had written this speech!”

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