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Ask musical-theater fans about Chita Rivera and they’ll give an objective response: She’s a stage legend. In addition to winning two Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she originated the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago and, at 82, she’s still not done: Rivera will return to Broadway later this year in The Visit, the final musical created by Chicago composers John Kander and Fred Ebb. To get back into performance mode, Rivera will bring her cabaret act back to the area where her career began. A District native, she studied ballet at Petworth’s Jones Haywood Dance School as an adolescent before heading to New York to further pursue her studies and rack up a mantle full of accolades. At McLean’s Alden Theatre, she’ll share songs and stories with awestruck audience members and prove that octogenarians can remain lean and limber if they just keep moving. Chita Rivera performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $45–$75. (703) 790-0123. mcleancenter.org.