From Palm Springs, California, USA 12th October, 2005

RANDY DONEY writes:

Just returned from seeing the great, Chita Rivera at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Run = Don’t walk to see her and her amazing company. I’ve worked with and been a long time friend of Chita. I guess I’m a bit biased in my accolades, but still, she was great! My friends and I who have worked with Chita and the stars and choreographers in our lives, almost kept us in tears of joy throughout her show.

She does a piece from “Chicago” – She’s in one spotlight, and Gwen Verdon in the other – of course, it’s just an empty spotlight. If that doesn’t tug at your heart……. Whew… That was tough to get through. But what a wonderful tribute to Gwen.

I wasn’t sure how the lay audience would react to her without knowing most of the stars, shows, choreographers, etc., but when we were involved in a standing ovation several numbers before the finale, – I guess the non theatrical audience got it anyway. What a great afternoon. If this is an indication of the reaction to her; can’t imagine what will happen in New York where she really is the queen of dance.