There are some pairings on broadway you wouldn’t think could work, then there are some that blow you away. Think about Carol Burnett singing and competing with Julie Andrews, Nathan Lane performing with Matthew Broderick, or Idina and Kristin which went great on stage but may have ended not so well. One pair that took over the stage and “killed it” was Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon.
When I opened a copy of a book I got, which is listed under my favorite broadway gifts posts, one of the first things you see is Chita.
In the brief section she talks about one of her favorite memories is dancing along side Gwen. I know this is going to sound horrible, but I had no idea the two had ever performed together, especially in a huge show like Chicago. I went to YouTube to see if there is a video of the performance and not only can you find the one below, but there are a ton of others from their PR tour.
These ladies not only destroyed Nowadays and took it over, but they set such a high level for the performance, I don’t think another cast can even compete.
Nowadays isn’t a hard song to do, it’s fun, energetic and full of life. That makes it fun and challenging which is why instead of being hard, it’s exciting. From the fun speed of the song to the great dancing and even shooting out a sign, Nowadays is a great duo and when you add in Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera performing it, it makes the performance even better.
There have been a ton of incredible celebrities performing this show, however when you take two classic stars that built everything on talent and the PR performances are as much fun to watch as the actual show, that is when you know you have an awesome cast. Watch the video of Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon performing Nowadays and then leave a comment with who your favorite performers were for this song, or what your favorite Chita Rivera or Gwen Verdon performance was.