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Two-Time Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera and company signing CDs of THE VISIT after live performance at Barnes and Noble on July 9

Chita Rivera

On Thursday, July 9, 2015, Two-Time Tony Award Winner Chita Rivera and company members of The Visit including Tom Nelis, Mary Beth Peil, George Abud, Aaron Ramey, John Riddle, Michelle Veintimilla and Chris Newcomer, will perform at Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street in New York at 7:00 P.M. They will sign CDs after the performance. With special guests Oscar Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award-winning composer John Kander and choreographer Graciela Daniele. For more information, call (212) 369-2180.

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 cast album is a joint release of two labels: Broadway Records and Yellow Sound Label and is co-executive produced by Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler and Sandi Moran. Broadway Records released the digital download of original cast recording of The Visit on June 30th, which can be purchased by clicking here. The physical CD will be available starting July 10th at most major retailers including iTunes and Amazon. The Visit is the final musical ever written by legendary Oscar Award, Grammy Award and Tony Award-winning composer John Kander and his writing partner lyricist Fred Ebb, before Mr. Ebb passed away.

The recording is produced by the Emmy Award winning and Grammy nominated producer Michael Croiter (Matilda, Big Fish, Heathers).

Based on the satirical play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency, The Visit features music and lyrics by the John Kander & Fred Ebb, book by four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, choreography by Tony Award-nominee Graciela Daniele, scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Hould Ward, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Dan Moses Schreierand orchestrations by Larry Hochman with music direction and arrangements by David Loud. The Visit is helmed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle.

The cast is led by Tony Award winners Chita Rivera as Claire Zachanassian and Roger Rees as Anton Schell. The Broadway cast also features Jason Danieley as Frederich Kuhn, David Garrison as Peter Dummermut, Mary Beth Peil as Matilde Schell, George Abud as Karl Schell,Matthew Deming as Louis Perch, Diana Dimarzio as Annie Dummermut, Tony Award-nominee Rick Holmes as Father Josef, Tom Nelis as Rudi, Chris Newcomer as Jacob Chicken, Aaron Ramey as Otto Hahnke, John Riddle as Young Anton, Elena Shaddow as Ottilie Schell,Timothy Shew as Hans Nusselin and Michelle Veintimilla as Young Claire.

In her juiciest role yet, Chita Rivera is Claire Zachanassian, the world’s wealthiest woman, who returns home to Anton Schell (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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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. The Visit received 5 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Terrence McNally), Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Music: John Kander, Lyrics: Fred Ebb), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Chita Rivera), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Japhy Weideman). 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. 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).

Broadway Records is one of the preeminent record labels in its industry and has produced cast albums for many major Broadway shows (the Grammy nominated Matilda The Musical and the recently released Side Show Original Broadway Cast Recording) as well as the preservation of shorter run Broadway shows (Bonnie & Clyde and Big Fish) and NBC’s television event “Peter Pan Live!”. Broadway Records believes in delivering the best cast recordings to its customers, while also striving to innovate with the critically acclaimed “Live at 54 Below” series featuring top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti and many others. Recently Broadwayworld.com nominated 19 of Broadway Records albums for their inaugural 2014 Album Awards, all of which can be found by visiting www.broadwayrecords.com.

Yellow Sound Label is a Grammy Award nominated, cutting-edge record label that produces established performers, up-and-coming artists and noteworthy Broadway and Off-Broadway cast recordings. As a boutique label, they take a hands-on approach in nurturing and producing artists. Select projects include the cast recordings of Matilda The Musical, First Date, Heathers and Murder Ballad as well as solo albums for such artists as Chita Rivera, Alan Cumming, B.D. Wong, Telly Leung, Anika Larsen, Alysha Umphress, Christopher Jackson and composers Goldrich & Heisler, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Michael Patrick Walker and Miller & Tyson. For a complete list of releases, visit www.yellowsoundlabel.com.

Lia 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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