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Cheers! Stars Toast Broadway Legend Chita Rivera in Chita: A Legendary Celebration

Cheers! Stars Toast Broadway Legend Chita Rivera in Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Photo by: Bruce Glikas
Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera & Ben Vereen

We all know she seems ageless, but Broadway diva Chita Rivera turned 80 years old on January 23, and the two-time Tony winner enjoyed a belated celebration on October 7 at the gala benefit Chita: A Legendary Celebration. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the evening celebrated Rivera's legacy as a stage icon and featured performances of many of her hits. The "Queen of the Gypsies" made her stage debut in a touring production of Call Me Madam in 1951, and went on to create the iconic roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma Kelly in Chicago and Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, among others. In honor of Rivera's milestone birthday, Broadway legends Tommy Tune and Ben Vereen joined the performer onstage at the August Wilson Theatre, and a slew of stage favorites stopped by Blue Fin in Times Square to party with the star. Click below to celebrate with Rivera and her friends, and click here for Chita's take on six favorite roles.

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