Chita Rivera Among the Stars Taking Part in Fundraising Concert for Joe Biden, “In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation”

Chita Rivera is Biden her time before the upcoming presidential election…

The 87-year-old half-Puerto Rican Broadway star will be among the stars of the Great White Way who’ll stage a fundraising concert for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, with plans to stream the event on October 21.

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The event, which starts at 8:00 pm ET, is organized by the group Broadway for Biden and is called In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nationwith donations going to the Biden Victory Fund.

In addition to Rivera, the lineup of the concert includes Derrick Baskin, Laura Benanti, Victoria Clark, Glenn Close, Chuck Cooper, Darren Criss, André De Shields, Renée Elise Goldsberry, John Goodman, Jayne Houdyshell, Jennifer Hudson, James Monroe Iglehart, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Norman Lear, Norm Lewis, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rita Moreno, Karen Olivo, Ashley Park, Steven Pasquale, Carrie Preston, Kelani Queypo, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Phillipa Soo, Ephraim Sykes, BD Wong, the Broadway Dreams Foundation Choir, and the casts of Six and KPOP.

Liesl Tommy, director of the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect (with Hudson in the lead role), will direct the show. Tommy is the executive producer along with Julie Boardman, Nolan Doran, Halle Morse, and Jennifer Mudge.

The concert will stream on YouTube via news publisher NowThis, on Facebook via Broadway for Biden and NowThis, and on Broadway Unlocked.

In a statement, Tommy said, “It is a tremendous honor to direct this incredible collective of performers and artists, who are coming together to amplify the promise of Broadway and a nation that are future-looking, accessible, and deeply inclusive.”

The evening will include original material, stagings of musical numbers that have never been seen, and previews of productions bound for Broadway. Among those contributing are Chad Beguelin, Tony Kushner, Lynn Nottage, Robert O’Hara, Stacey Rose, Aurin Squire, DeLanna Studi, Paula Vogel and John Waters.

Christopher Gattelli, Lorin Latarro, Ray Mercer, and Abbey O’Brien will provide original choreography, with music direction by Jason Michael Webb. Chris Boardman and Charlie Rosen will provide orchestrations. Sean McLaughlin will serve as director of photography and Grady Bowman will be associate choreographer.

The event is in the vein of a fundraiser in 2012 for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, called Barack on Broadway, that was produced by Margo Lion and others.

Diaz’s Character to Experience Torture on ABC’s “Scandal”

Guillermo Díaz is about toexperience torture like he’s never experienced it before…

In the latest preview clip for an upcoming episdoe of ABC’s Scandal, the 37-year-old Cuban-American actor is featured in a graphic torture scene. In the teaser, Diaz’s character Huck is being interrogated after he was arrested under the Patriot Act in the last episode. Accused of attempting to assassinate President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn), he’s forced to admit to the crime he didn’t actually commit during the brutal interrogation.

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“His past has prepared him for what’s coming – but I can’t say what is,” Diaz previously teased about what’s coming for him next. “It’s not going to be good.”

With Huck being held under the Patriot Act, Kerry Washington‘s Olivia and her team get unexpected assistance from an old friend. Meanwhile, Olivia helps First Lady Mellie (Bellamy Young) out of a very compromising situation that could affect Fitz’s (Goldwyn) future, and her relationship with Senator Edison Davis (Norm Lewis) reaches a boiling point.

The new episode titled “One for the Dog” will air this Thursday, January 10 at 10:00 pm ET on ABC.