Chita Rivera
(© David Gordon)
Chita Rivera
(© David Gordon)
Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will be a special guest performer at DO40 Cares: It's Not Where You Start, a song-and-dance performance benefit presented by Dancers Over 40. Carol Lawrence will host the event, to be held at The Ailey Citigroup Theater/The Joan Weill Center for Dance on Monday, March 12, at 8pm. Proceeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Project Achieve/Columbia University & the NYC HIV Vaccine Trials Unit.

The performance will reunite many of the merry murderesses from the "Cell Block Tango" sequence of the original 1975 Broadway production of Chicago, in which Rivera starred as Velma Kelly. Among them are Pam Sousa, Michon Peacock, Cheryl Clark and Candy Brown. Another featured guest will be Rachelle Rak, who will also perform a Fosse number, "I Gotcha."

There will be a special sequence of the "Cell Block Tango" performed by Dancers Over 40 member Stella D'oro, the "Queen Mum" of HIV Vaccine for Project Achieve, one of the recipients of the evening's fundraising efforts.

Additional DO40 performing members will include George Marcy, Mary Lou Barber, and Claire Porter, as well as Joy Serio Dunbar, Patti Mariano, Nancy Dalton and Nicole Barth, Lori Tan Chinn, Ron Young, Jonathan Cerullo, James Dybas, Steve Petrillo, James Horvath, Lawrence Merritt and Ken Urmston who will be featured in the opening and closing numbers of the show.

The evening will include choreography by Larry Fuller, JT Horenstein, Claire Porter, Amy Seiwert, Joy Serio Dunbar, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Sasha Spielvogel, Thomas/ Ortiz Dance and Bob Fosse.

Proceeds will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Project Achieve/Columbia University & the NYC HIV Vaccine Trials Unit.

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