"Please keep Chita Rivera in your thoughts," the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts said in a statement
Chita Rivera’s panel discussion for her memoir at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has been canceled.
Rivera was originally set to appear at the library on Monday to discuss Chita: A Memoir, however; the Broadway star, 90, tested positive for COVID-19, causing the event to be postponed until further notice.
“We will follow up to all who have signed up for the event if we have any updates in the future. We hope to schedule a new date for this event,” the library said in a statement on their website.
“In the meantime, please keep Chita Rivera in your thoughts. We hope to see you soon at the Library for the Performing Arts,” their update added.
The Pippin: His Life and Times talent was scheduled to speak with her co-author, arts journalist Patrick Pacheco for the event.
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On the itinerary for Monday’s event were “photographs, archival documents, and video clips of over six decades of performances, all preserved by the Library for the Performing Arts,” that guests can only hope to experience at a later date.
The book delves into her life and how she came to be a three-time Tony Award–winner, Kennedy Centers honoree, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
According to Playbill, Rivera’s Broadway credits date back to 1950 and include 30 roles for shows such as Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Merlin, and more.
One of her most notable roles came with her performance in Chicago.
Rivera starred as the original Velma Kelly in the 1975 production of Chicago on Broadway. And 25 years later, she returned for the production, but not as Kelly.
For the 25-year anniversary, she played the leading lady, Roxie Hart in Toronto, Las Vegas, and London.
Last week, a show paying tribute to Rivera was canceled in New York due to inclement weather. According to Playbill, that didn’t stop some of the production’s dancers from still showing up for And All That Jazz — A Celebration of Chita Rivera.
The event was scheduled to take place in Times Square. It would have been presented by The Entertainment Community Fund, in association with Nouveau Productions, and members of the American Pops Orchestra would have played music to honor Rivera’s impact.
Earlier this year, CBS News spoke with the entertainer as she reflected on her career after she’d recently celebrated her 90th birthday.
"I always used to think that we should have two lifetimes: one to try it out, and the second one to know what's coming," she told the outlet during the April interview.
The conversation came after Rivera reprised the role of Anita in West Side Story — the character that launched her career. The show was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and directed by Seth Rudetsky.
"Chita is, 'Hello, how are you? It's so nice to be here.' Dolores is, 'What is it you want?' It's a darker side. I believe that Dolores is responsible for me having a career. She's the guts. She's the courage,” Rivera said while describing her alter-ego.
The Broadway star then shed light on how she became a performer after proving to be an energetic child, often jumping on top of the furniture in her family’s home.
"I missed one time, and I went through the coffee table," Rivera recalled. "And my mother said, 'That's it, you're out of here. You're going to a ballet school.' "
Although she attended New York's elite School of American Ballet, she eventually dropped out to follow her heart to Broadway.
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