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Two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera receives 10th nomination for ‘The Visit’

In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo released by Starpix, Chita Rivera appears at a media event for Kander and Ebb's Final Musical, "The Visit," at The Lyceum Theatre in New York. (Aurora Rose/Starpix via AP)

In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo released by Starpix, Chita Rivera appears at a media event for Kander and Ebb's Final Musical, "The Visit," at The Lyceum Theatre in New York. (Aurora Rose/Starpix via AP)

Chita Rivera is showing that age is not slowing her down.

The 82-year-old actress stars in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “The Visit,” which opened only a week ago and already earned Rivera her 10th Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical.

The spunky two-time Tony winner will go up against big hitters Kristin Chenoweth for “On the Twentieth Century,” Kelli O’Hara for “The King and I,” Leanne Cope from “An American in Paris” and Beth Malone from “Fun Home.”

"I’m so grateful to receive this wonderful acknowledgement for 'The Visit'," Rivera told Fox News Latino in an emailed statement. "Broadway is my home and I’m so happy to be back in this terrific musical written by my dear friends John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally, directed by the incomparable John Doyle and choreographed by the dazzling Graciela Daniele."

She continued: "How lucky am I to have such great friends and co-star with the phenomenal Roger Rees. I share all these tributes with our extraordinary company who put their hearts and souls into this piece every day.”

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Rivera, who was the first Latina to receive a Kennedy Center honor in 2002, has enjoyed an illustrious career onstage, including originating the role of Anita in “West Side Story,” Velma in the 1977 version of “Chicago” and the title character in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

“I wouldn’t know what to do if I wasn’t moving or telling a story to you or singing a song,” she told The Associated Press recently. “That’s the spirit of my life and I’m really so lucky to be able to do what I love, even at this time in my life.”

In “The Visit,” based on the Swiss play by Friedrich Burrenmatt, Rivera plays an elderly rich woman who returns to her dilapidated hometown with a deal – kill the man who jilted her in exchange for the funds to revitalize the town.

It received four additional nominations for best musical, best book of a musical, best lighting design of a musical and best original score.

The musicals “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations, with “Something Rotten!” rounding up the best musical nominations.

The best new play category will include the candidates "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," ''Hand to God," ''Disgraced" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Larry David's "Fish in the Dark" was snubbed entirely.

The Peter Pan-themed "Finding Neverland," marking Harvey Weinstein's first-ever venture into Broadway as a lead producer, didn't get a single nomination.

The best actor in a musical nominees are Brian d'Arcy James for "Something Rotten!", Michael Cerveris in "Fun Home," Matthew Morrison from "Finding Neverland," Ken Watanabe in "The King and I," Tony Yazbeck in "On the Town" and Robert Fairchild in "An American in Paris."

The best actor in a play nominees include Bradley Cooper for "The Elephant Man," Ben Miles for "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," Alex Sharp in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Steven Boyer in "Hand to God," and Bill Nighy for "Skylight."

The five best actresses in a play nominees are: Carey Mulligan in "Skylight," Helen Mirren in "The Audience," Ruth Wilson in "Constellations," Geneva Carr in "Hand to God" and Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles."

The Tonys will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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