Show features the best of dancer Chita Rivera

Newsweek magazine has called her the “greatest musical dancer ever!”

And now two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will perform Wednesday at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.

In a show called “The Dancer’s Life,” the audience will see a musical celebrating Rivera’s life in a story written by four-time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally.

The people at the Paramount are calling the show “a magical tour” that showcases some of the talents of American theater, including Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion and Michael Kidd.

The show features Rivera and company doing some of her most memorable Broadway performances, including selections from “West Side Story,” “Chicago,” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

“The Marriage of Figaro”: Skagit Opera presents Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” in four performances the next two weekends in Mount Vernon.

“Figaro,” a sequel to “The Barber of Seville,” recounts a single crazy day in the palace of Count Almaviva. Rosina is now the countess; her husband, the count, is seeking the favors of Susanna, who is to be wed to her love, Figaro, the count’s valet. When the count detects the interest of the young page, Cherubino, in the countess, he tries to get rid of Cherubino by giving him an officer’s commission. Figaro, Susanna, and the countess conspire to embarrass the count and expose his infidelity.

Meanwhile, Figaro is caught up in a dispute with Bartolo and Marcellina, which ends when he is revealed to be their son. At night, all find themselves on the palace grounds, where a comic series of cases of mistaken identity results in the count’s humiliation, then forgiveness by the countess.

Rakugo: World-renowned actor Katsura Koharudanji will perform rakugo traditional Japanese comic storytelling Tuesday in Everett.

Following a brief lecture, the classical rakugo story “Otama-ushi” will be performed. The free performance will be in Japanese with English translation.

Rakugo “punch-line” comedy storytelling is a form of traditional popular entertainment that relates the trials and tribulations of the common man. From ghosts to geisha, samurai to salarymen, the solo performer brings scores of characters to life in tales punctuated by gestures, adlibs and a characteristic punch line.

Dressed in full kimono, the rakugoka sits on a silk cushion, and with only a fan and a handkerchief for props, he populates the stage with young men and beautiful maidens (and the occasional cow).

The event is presented by the consulate-general of Japan in Seattle, in cooperation with Everett Community College’s Nippon Business Institute, and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at University of Washington. Portions of the performance may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

“Love &Lunacy”: Though Valentine’s Day has passed, you may want to continue to feel the love with Teatro ZinZanni’s “Love &Lunacy,” an all-new show featuring singers, clowns, acrobats, contortionists and magicians playing through April 15.

Directed by Tony Taccone, artistic director of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, with co-direction by comedian and ZinZanni veteran performer Frank Ferrante, this is a “light-hearted romp about the power of creativity to transform darkness into light,” according to written information from Teatro.

According to the theater company, the story line of “Love &Lunacy” goes like this:

Left on his own, Teatro ZinZanni’s brooding resident magician and maitre d’, Voronin, has grown grim. When his dark mood threatens to consume the tent and all its normally zany inhabitants, Lady ZinZanni is summoned back from her world tour. She returns bearing magical gifts for everyone, including one effervescent Russian chef, one mysterious, magical live doll, two tango acrobats and a whole host of other performers.

The show features British performer Melanie Stace as Lady ZinZanni, San Francisco-based clown Geoff Hoyle as the irrepressible Russian Chef in his ZinZanni debut, and introduces Canadian clown Joe de Paul.

Teatro ZinZanni is three hours of music and comedy all presented in the elegance and intimate comfort of a beautiful, antique Belgian spiegletent or tent. Guests are seated restaurant-style to watch the show unfold beside, around, and above their tables while they’re enjoying a five-course gourmet feast.

Stage veteran Chita Rivera brings “The Dancer’s Life” to the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday.

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