Rivera Preparing for Broadway Return in “The Visit”

Chita Rivera is ready for you to make a Visit

The 82-year-old half-Puerto Rican Broadway actress, dancer and singer and Tony Award winner, the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award, is starring in The Visit, one of the more daring musicals slated for Broadway’s spring season.

Chita Rivera in The Visit

In the show, Rivera plays a billionairess who returns to the impoverished town she left in shame as a teenager, with a grotesque offer that her former neighbors prove unable to resist. Based on the 1956 play by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt, the musical with a book by Terrence McNally and co-starring Roger Rees, features one of the last scores created by the celebrated masters-of-darkness team of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) before Ebb’s death in 2004.

The Visit begins previews March 26 at the Lyceum Theatre and officially bows April 23.

Estefan’s Rocky Horror “Hotel Nacional” Video?

She’s encouraged everybody to do the conga… And, now Gloria Estefan is encouraging people to get their swing on…

The 54-year-old Cuban-born singer recently released the video for her latest single “Hotel Nacional,” the song which helped Estefan make history as the first woman to debut at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Songs chart.

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Estefan’s compelling clip—an ode to cinema—is like one part Cabaret, one part The Bird Cage and two parts The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Directed by High School Musical and This Is It director/choreographer Kenny Ortega, the music video features Estefan serving as the welcome wagon to a couple seeking shelter at the hotel during a storm… And, somehow the even end up in their underwear!

And if that’s not all… The video includes a cameo from All My Children’s Susan Lucci, as well as Estefan’s daughter Emily wailing on the drums.

Shot in Miami, the clip includes a laser light show, Estefan’s drag doppelganger, swing-dancing and more!