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The Visit starring Chita Rivera to end run at Lyceum on June 14

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Chita Rivera and Michelle Veintimilla perform in 'The Visit' onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: Chita Rivera and Michelle Veintimilla perform in ‘The Visit’ onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The Visit starring Chita Rivera will play its final performance at the Lyceum Theatre  (149 West 45th Street), on Sunday, June 14th (3 PM). Previews began on March 26th and opening night was April 23, 2015.

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

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

The Visit was nominated for 5 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical. It is the final collaboration of John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics). Book is by Terrence McNally and it is directed by John Doyle with choreography by Graciela Daniele.

Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

Cast of THE VISIT. Photo by Thom Kaine

Speaking on behalf of the production, lead producer Tom Kirdahy said “The Visit has created a sensation on Broadway and generated interest in productions around the world. We are eager for the release of the original recording of our CD and look forward to future productions across the globe. It has been our great privilege to present the legendary Chita Rivera in the final Kander and Ebb musical. This has been one for the history books”.

The cast is led by Tony Award® winner and 2015 nominee Chita Rivera as Claire Zachanassian. Ms. Rivera received the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year, 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 for her role.

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The Broadway cast also features Tom Nelis as Anton Schell, George Abud as Karl, Jason Danieley as Frederich Kuhn, Matthew Deming as Louis Perch, Diana Dimarzio as Annie Dummermut, David Garrison as Peter Dummermut,Rick Holmes as Father Josef, Ken Krugman 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.

Final performances are Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday at 7 pm. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm with matinees on Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com (212 239-6200).

The Visit is produced by Tom Kirdahy, Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Tom Smedes, Hugh Hayes, Peter Stern, Judith Ann Abrams, Rich Affannato, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler, Ken Davenport, Bharat Mitra & Bhavani Lev, Peter May, Ted Snowdon, Bruno Wang Productions, Taylor Cleghorn, Sandy Moran, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Gabrielle Palitz/Weatherby & Fishman LLC, Marguerite Hoffman/Jeremy Youett, Carlos Arana, Veenerick & Katherine Vos Van Liempt, 42ND. Club/Silva Theatrical, Kate Cannova/Terry Loftis and The Shubert Organzation in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The Visit 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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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.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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