Noir Musical Genius: "Kiss of the Spiderwoman"

This is the performance that made me a live theater obsessive. Chita Rivera performing the title song from Kiss of the Spiderwoman at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

For kicks, here's Vanessa Williams performing the same song in her Broadway debut.

I believe the song mostly speaks for itself. It's the myth of a femme fatale in sweeping musical theater style with a soaring melody and moody orchestrations. Chita Rivera's performance is sensational, but Vanessa Williams shows that the song is the true star.

If you'd like to get a taste for the show itself, jump below and watch the two-part press reel.

I can't be the only Kiss of the Spiderwoman obsessive, can I? Someone who wants musicals to be challenging and joyful, tuneful and blatant in their use of theatrical conventions? Sound off, my fellow prison noir drama fantasy social commentary fans.

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