She’s a beloved American cultural icon. She’s beautiful and well preserved. AND she has a new movie, a documentary. Dionne Warwick began singing professionally in 1961. Discovered by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the marvelous songbird went on to record 18 consecutive Top 100 singles (Don’t Make Me Over, Walk On By, Say A Little Prayer, A House Is Not A Home, Alfie, Heartbreaker, Déjà Vu, among others). She received her first Grammy in 1968 for Do You Know the Way to San Jose?. Ms. Warwick became the first African-American solo female artist to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance. It is a thrilling opportunity to hear her in the intimate setting of the Luckman Theatre at Cal State Los Angeles. Our friends at the Luckman tell us that the credit for snagging Dione Warwick …
goes to the executive director, Nicholas A. Mestas, and his ongoing effort in bringing talents here, including Warwick. The Luckman is fortunate to have her with an increasing amount of America’s known artists this season. As of today, Melissa Etheridge is on board!
Dionne Warwick | Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles | Sat Dec 17
She, too is a historic, ground-breaking woman of the performing arts. She is a break-the-mold triple-threat performer, a Broadway legend. Chita Rivera, the original Anita of West Side Story tells her story in song and dance. The incomparable Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career from West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Bye Bye Birdie to Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Visit and more. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse & Lee Adams, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, accompanied by her long-time trio.
Chita Rivera: The Rhythm of My Life | Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall | Sun Dec 11