On Monday night at the first-ever Chita Rivera Awards, I was happy to be able to interview Rivera and other stars on the red carpet at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.
The actual performance began with a rousing number from Come From Away, and the energy stayed at top level the whole night. Performances by Robert Fairchild, Melanie Moore, the American Dance Machine and others spiced up an evening that was already overwhelming in its luster, talent and warmth. Bebe Neuwirth, with her subtle wit, was the perfect emcee, and Chita Rivera was terrific fun. Other presenters were Carmen de Lavallade, Donna McKechnie, Priscilla Lopez, Baayork Lee and co-executive producers Patricia Watt and Nikki Feirt Atkins. Winners included Andy Blankenbuehler for Best Choreography in Bandstand, Corbin Bleu for Best Male Dancer and Megan Sikora for Best Female Dancer, both in Holiday Inn. Tommy Tune was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. For the complete awards listing, click here.