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Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
703-820-9771
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22 reviews
2 stars
attended May 23 2008

An enjoyable evening ... the seating is intimate ... and the singing and staging was excellent ... a bit/lot disturbing subject matter ... but intersting ... and seeing the actors up close, got you more into the story ...

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10 reviews
2 stars
attended May 23 2008

First rate show with a first rate cast (not just the stars but also the supporting players). As expected, the music was incredible and it's a crime that The Visit is not as well known. A big Bravo to Kander and Ebb and especially Signature Theater.

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attended May 22 2008

Chita Rivera, George Hearn and the entire cast gave a superb performance. The Signature Theatre is a perfect venue for musicals -- our seats were so close to the stage. What a treat it was to introduce my daughter to the legendary Ms. Rivera!!!

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Description

Claire Zachanassian was driven from her hometown in disgrace when she was 17, having been betrayed by her lover. Several decades and seven husbands later, Zachanassian has become the richest woman in the world, yet her hometown has fallen on hard times. When Zachanassian returns with an offer to save the town, she finds that salvation comes with an outrageous price tag.

Book by Terrence McNally

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Adapted by Maurice Valency

Choreographed by Ann Reinking

Directed by Frank Galati

Chita Rivera (Claire) created the role of Claire in the original production of _The Visit at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical (_Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Rink) and received seven additional Tony nominations. She recently starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele. Rivera received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC, in December 2002, and is the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award. She recently starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American School of Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Rivera’s first appearance (age 17) was in the chorus of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Jerry’s Girls and Mr. Wonderful and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba and Can-Can with The Rockettes.

George Hearn (Anton): Broadway: A Time For Singing, The Changing Room, I Remember Mama, Ah Wilderness, The Diary of Ann Frank, Sweeney Todd, La Cage Aux Folles (Tony Award, Best Actor), Sunset Boulevard (Tony Award, Best Supporting Actor), Putting It Together (Tony nomination), Wicked. TV: “Law and Order SVU”; “The Golden Girls”; “Sweeney Todd” (Emmy Award); “Sarah, Plain and Tall.” Film: “The Devil’s Own,” “See You in the Morning,” “The Vanishing,” “Flags of our Fathers.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre is a Tony Award(r)-winning, non-profit professional theater company with a mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, develop new work, and reach its community through engaging educational and outreach opportunities.