Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Weekly Poll Results: Chita Rivera is your favorite Broadway dancer!

 Chita Rivera scored the top spot in this week's poll with 40% of the vote, which is arguably the strongest majority we've had so far. Broadway vet and Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth scored 33% and Tony winner Donna McKechnie, known for her portrayal of Cassie in A Chorus Line. Charlotte D'Amboise received 6% and Gwen Verdon and Ann Reinking, notably the first actresses to play Roxie Hart in the original production and Broadway revival of Chicago respectively, received zero votes. It is interesting to note that Rivera and Neuwirth originated the role of Velma Kelley in the original and revival casts of Chicago, and were the two top vote-getters.

Chita Rivera, oddly enough, has never won a Tony award, but nonetheless is revered as one of the greatest dancers of all time, even starring in her own Broadway show entitled Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life. Other major theatre credits include originating the roles of Anita in West Side Story, Velma in Chicago, Rosie in Bye, Bye, Birdie and Charity in Sweet Charity. Beating out several Tony winners, I guess Chita Rivera is a prime example of the mantra that when you are a dancer, it is about the work, not the awards.


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