148 members of NYCGMC filled the stage and aisles of Carnegie Hall to sing a very special rendition of "Somewhere" from West Side Story to a sold-out crowd during the finale of Chita: Nowadays on November 7.
The evening marked Ms. Rivera's Carnegie Hall solo debut, and featured special guests Alan Cumming, Andy Karl, Javier Muñoz, Brandon Victor Dixon, Stevie Van Zandt, and surprise guest Itzhak Perlman.
NYCGMC's performance of "Somewhere" served as a tribute to victims of recent tragedies, including the June 12 mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
“I’ve been wanting to work with them for a long time, and just talking about it moves me – to have them in my show,” said Ms. Rivera. “At this time in our lives, after the horrible things that have been happening in Florida and all around, we need reminders. We need strength. So, yes, for me, that’s going to be a wonderful moment.”
Kristin Chenoweth had this to say on Twitter after the show.
And Ms. Rivera posted this on Facebook:
When the New York City Gay Men's Chorus (148 of them!) took the stage (and aisles) with Andy Karl and Javier Muñoz, lending their heartfelt vocal style to "Somewhere" from WEST SIDE STORY, there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
What a night!
Photo by Koitz F. Etxeberria
Cover photo by Laura Marie Duncan