Chita Rivera may have lived for eight decades, but the vivacious entertainer with the infectious laugh is ageless.
“Age is just a number and I don’t know what that number means,” said Rivera, the two-time Tony Award-winning actress. “It just limits us so much. Keep yourself alive by surrounding yourself with your children and grandchildren, and dance.”
Rivera will give audiences a glance of what her passion for life looks like when she comes to area venues to star in “Chita: A Legendary Celebration,” which opens Saturday at Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Other scheduled performances include Jan. 26 at Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora and Feb. 21 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.
Rivera is expected to re-create signature numbers from her past shows including “West Side Story,” “Sweet Charity,” “Chicago,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “The Rink.”