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Terrence McNally’s THE VISIT starring Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera, Offering $19.75 Seats Now Till the Tonys

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

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

The Visit, starring Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera, which has been nominated for five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Rivera), and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Japhy Weideman), is offering all Balcony tickets for $19.75 effective now until the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 7th 2015. Kirdahy first made the announcement last night from the stage of the Lyceum Theatre following the historic post-show “Composing History: A Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Kander”.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS AND FUN HOME Lead 2015 Tony Award Nominations with 12 each; Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kelli O’Hara, Chita Rivera, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan, Ruth Wilson, K. Todd Freeman, Patricia Clarkson Among the Nominees

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

Tickets are available at the Lyceum Theater Box Office (149 West 45th Street, NYC) or on telechargeoffers.com using the code TVTALK520.

“This special price and offer is in honor of John Kander and Fred Ebb,” Kirdahy said. “1975 marked the year that the musical Chicago opened on Broadway and it was the first time I saw the incredible Chita Rivera.”

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

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

Ms. Rivera recently received The Drama League Distinguished Performance Award, and will receive the 2015 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 71st Annual Theatre World Awards and the first-ever Legendary Lilly Award at the 6th Annual Lilly Awards.
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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.

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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.

Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

The Visit has garnered seven Drama Desk nominations including 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 a Musical (Terence McNally) and Outstanding Set Design (Scott Pask).
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The Visit received five Outer Critics Circle nominations including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding New Score Outstanding Lighting Design (Japhy Weideman) and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical (Chita Rivera); three Drama League nominations -Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical, The Distinguished Performance Award for Roger Rees and The Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for Ms. Rivera, which she won.

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Run time
One hour and 35 minutes (no intermission)

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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