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Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, and Bernadette Peters Welcome Chita Rivera to Broadway in The Visit

The biggest stars of the Great White Way came out for the last opening of the 2014-2015 season.

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Chita Rivera takes her opening-night bow in The Visit as flowers are tossed in her direction from the audience.
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The Visit, the final Broadway show of the 2014-15 season, celebrated its opening night on April 23, at the Lyceum Theatre. The show began previews March 26 after originating at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2014.

Tony winner John Doyle directs a cast led by Tony winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, along with Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey, Timothy Shew, Michelle Veintimilla, George Abud, Mary Beth Peil, Elena Shaddow, and John Riddle.

The Visit, one of the final musicals of the legendary songwriting duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, tells the story of Claire Zachanassian (Rivera), the oft-widowed richest woman in the world. She returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth, where the locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. The show is based on the 1956 play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and features a book by Terrence McNally.

Guests at the festivities included a host of Tony winners, including Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming, and Donna Murphy. Check out TheaterMania's photos in the gallery below.

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