(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/9; via Pam Green.)

Two hours before any preview performance of “The Visit,” the Kander and Ebb musical that opens this month at the Lyceum Theater, you can find its star, Chita Rivera, in her dressing room. Upside down.

At 82, Ms. Rivera is a musical theater legend — and very much living. It has taken nearly 15 years to bring “The Visit,” an adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1956 tragicomedy, to Broadway, and she has stuck with the show since its early days. She is determined to play the role of Claire Zachanassian, the richest woman in the world, as fully and richly and chillingly as possible — which means plenty of headstands.


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