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Production Photos: Tony Award Winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees star in Terrence McNally’s THE VISIT

Chita Rivera & Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

Chita Rivera & Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

The highly anticipated musical, The Visit, began performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 with an Opening Night set for Thursday, April 23. The cast is led by Tony Award® Winners Chita Rivera as Claire Zachannassian and Roger Rees as Anton Schell.

Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. Photo by Thom Kaine

Chita Rivera and Roger Rees. Photo by Thom Kaine

The Visit has been nominated for 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards in the categories of Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Book (Terrence McNally), New Score (John Kander & Fred Ebb), Lighting Design (Japhy Weideman), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Chita Rivera); 3 Drama League Awards in the categories of Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and Distinguished Performance Awards for Chita Rivera and Roger Rees; and 7 Drama Desk Awards in the categories of Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Chita Rivera),  Outstanding Director of a Musical (John Doyle), Outstanding Music (John Kander) Outstanding Lyrics (Fred Ebb), Outstanding Book of Musical (Terrence McNally) and Outstanding Set Design (Scott Pask).

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Roger Rees, John Riddle, Michelle Veintimillia and Chita Rivera. Photo by Joan Marcus

Roger Rees, John Riddle, Michelle Veintimillia and Chita Rivera. Photo by Joan Marcus

Terrence McNally (Photo by Lia Chang)

Terrence McNally. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit features music and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winners John Kander & Fred Ebb (Cabaret), book by four-time Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally (It’s Only a Play, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman). Helmed by Tony Award winning director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company) and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele.

In her juiciest role yet, Chita Rivera is Claire Zachannassian, the world’s wealthiest woman, who returns home to Anton (Roger Rees) who captured her heart then shattered her dreams. What she does next shocks the town and makes for the most thrilling and intriguing musical in years. From the team that brought you Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, this tale of romance, seduction and betrayal proves that revenge is the best revenge.

Chita Rivera and Michelle Veintimillia. Photo by Thom Kaine

Chita Rivera and Michelle Veintimillia. Photo by Thom Kaine

The Broadway cast also features George Abud as Karl, Jason Danieley as Frederich Kuhn, Matthew Deming as Louis Perch, Diana Dimarzio as Annie Dummermut, Tony® Award nominee David Garrison as Peter Dummermut, Rick Holmes as Father Josef, Tom Nelis as Rudi, Chris Newcomer as Jacob Chicken, Mary Beth Peil as Matilde Schell, Aaron Ramey as Otto Hahnke, Elena Shadow as Ottilie, Timothy Shew as Hans Nusselin, with John Riddle and Michelle Veintimilla.

John Riddle and Michelle Veintimillia. Photo by Joan Marcus

John Riddle and Michelle Veintimillia. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Visit is produced by Tom Kirdahy, Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes, Peter Stern, Judith Ann Abrams,Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Rich Affannato, Gabrielle Palitz, in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Tom Nelis, Chita Rivera, Chris Newcomer and Matthew Deming. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tom Nelis, Chita Rivera, Chris Newcomer and Matthew Deming. Photo by Joan Marcus

Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

Michelle Veintimillia, Matthew Deming, Roger Rees, Chita Rivera, Chris Newcome. Photo by Thom Kaine

Michelle Veintimillia, Matthew Deming, Roger Rees, Chita Rivera, Chris Newcome. Photo by Thom Kaine

Michelle Veintimillia, Chita Rivera & Cast. Photo by Joan Marcus

Michelle Veintimillia, Chita Rivera & Cast. Photo by Joan Marcus

Run time
One hour and 35 minutes (no intermission)

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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