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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
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Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The Drama League nominated the New York musicals "Dogfight," "Here Lies Love" and "Kinky Boots" for its Best Musical Award Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
By United Press International
Broadway lights dimmed for producer Martin Richards

Broadway lights dimmed for producer Martin Richards

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The Broadway community mourned the death of celebrated producer Martin Richards by dimming marquee lights for a minute Tuesday night.

Kennedy Center Honors ignoring Hispanics?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington has effectively excluded Hispanics from its prestigious awards, the head of a Hispanic arts group says.
Rivera, Chase to star in 'Edwin Drood'

Rivera, Chase to star in 'Edwin Drood'

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton and Chita Rivera are to star in the Broadway revival of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," producers said.

'Silence!' extends run through Sept. 2

NEW YORK, March 27 (UPI) -- The producers of the off-Broadway show "Silence! The Musical" have extended the run of the unauthorized parody of "The Silence of the Lambs" through Sept. 2.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007.
By United Press International

Stars reunite for 'Chicago' anniversary

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- New and veteran stars of Broadway's longest running musical revival, "Chicago," took the stage for a razzle-dazzle 10th anniversary performance.

Abdul to be named 'Woman of the Year'

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Nevada Ballet Theatre has named pop star and "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul as their 2007 "Woman of the Year," TMZ.com reported.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2006 with 342 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2005 with 342 to follow.
By United Press International

'Kalamazoo?' set to begin filming

KALAMAZOO, Mich., July 8 (UPI) -- Tony winner Chita Rivera and "E.T.'s" Dee Wallace Stone have been cast in "Kalamazoo?," which is set to begin filming in its Michigan namesake city.
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Actress Chita Rivera takes her December 11, 2005 opening night curtain call bows in her Broadway review Chita Rivera The Dancer's Life which opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theater. She is the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award (December 2002). She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Rivera was born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Katherine, a government clerk, and Pedro Julio Figueroa del Rivero, a clarinetist and saxophonist for the United States Navy Band. Her father was Puerto Rican and her mother was of Scottish and Italian descent. Rivera was seven years old when her mother was widowed and went to work for The Pentagon.

In 1944, Rivera's mother enrolled her in the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet (now the Jones Haywood School of Dance). Later, when she was 15, a teacher from George Balanchine's School of American Ballet visited their studio and Rivera was one of two students picked to audition in New York City; she was accompanied to the audition by Doris Jones, one of the people who ran the Jones-Haywood School. Rivera's audition was successful and she was accepted into the school and given a scholarship.

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