NEW YORK – Chita Rivera will celebrate her 80th doing what she does best — a show to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The two-time Tony Award-winning singer, dancer and actress will play the August Wilson Theatre on Oct. 7. Says Rivera: “A girl only turns 80 once in her life, thank God, and I want everyone there as proof.”

The performer, one of the stars of the recent musical “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood,” actually turned 80 on Jan. 23.

She originated some of theater’s most memorable roles, including Anita in 1957’s “West Side Story.”

 

– From news service reports