Chita rises again in 'The Visit'

April 24, 2015 2:03 AM

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NEW YORK — Late in the new Broadway production of The Visit (*** out of four stars), two women occupy center stage, one in her 80s and the other in her 20s. The younger one, Michelle Veintimilla, is lovely and dances vividly. But we can't take our eyes off the older woman, whose smallest gestures sparkle with sureness and poise.

She is the one and only Chita Rivera, playing Claire Zachanassian, an oft-married (and widowed), extremely wealthy woman who has returned to the European town she fled as a teenager. Claire has come back to find an old love, and to have vengeance. She sings to her younger self, played by Veintimilla...

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