Rita Moreno News

Berkeley Repertory Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's 'THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE', Begin. 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre welcomes back Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner for the West Coast premiere of his latest play, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic tale of love, family, sex, money, and politics. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary writer unfurls a poignant story about an Italian family in Brooklyn. When retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. A portrait of a dysfunctional family filled with weighty dialogue, humor, and passion, Kushner's four-act play previews Friday, May 16, opens on Wednesday, May 21, and runs through Sunday, June 29, 2014. (more...)

John Landis to Join Lin-Manuel Miranda at United Palace Screening of KING KONG, 4/27
by Movies News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Legendary filmmaker John Landis will introduce a free screening of the 1933 classic KING KONG as part of the 'Sunday Movies at the United Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda' series on April 27, 2014. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber and More Star in San Francisco Symphony's New Live Recording of WEST SIDE STORY; Set for Digital Release 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein's complete score for the musical West Side Story featuring a stellar Broadway cast including Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, on June 10, 2014. (more...)

Kristin Chenoweth Chats RIO 2, Singing On Screen & Voicing New Animated Character
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 13, 2014

Tony Award-winning Broadway superstar and recognizable crossover star Kristin Chenoweth discusses her role in the new animated movie musical RIO 2 as well as the musical material she sings within it as part of a new interview. (more...)

Winners of the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, announced on April 12th the winners for its 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD's work to bring LGBT images and stories to people around the world. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host Screening of KING KONG at United Palace, 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The United Palace (4140 Broadway, at 175th Street) and UPCA (United Palace of Cultural Arts) will feature a screening of the 1933 classic KING KONG, as part of its 'Sunday Movies at the Palace' screening series, curated and hosted by Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) on April 27th. Stage show begins at 5:00 followed by the screening at 5:30. (more...)

Review Roundup: Hathaway, Chenoweth, Moreno Star & Sing in RIO 2
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 11, 2014

Twentieth Century Fox's sequel RIO 2 flies into theaters on Friday. Returning for the animated musical are stars Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, and Jamie Foxx. (more...)

Feinstein's at the Nikko to Welcome Wesla Whitfield, 5/8-9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The beloved Bay Area cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield, joined by her husband, pianist and arranger Mike Greensill and John Wiitala on bass, will debut their new show, Who Cares (What Banks Fail in Yonkers!), at Feinstein's at the Nikko for two-performances only - Thursday, May 8 (8 p.m.) and Friday, May 9 (8 p.m.). The challenges of the world can make it tough to keep a smile in place. Let Wesla and Mike's new show take you on a delightful journey through the Great American Songbook that will re-unite you with your hopes and dreams. Tickets for Wesla Whitfield range in price from $30 - $45 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, 4/26-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. "What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel," remarks Wood. "It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will begin previews on Saturday, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Singer Ruth Carlin to Return to The Laurie Beechman, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Singer/songwriter Ruth Carlin returns to the Laurie Beechman Theater this spring with an illuminating exploration of the eclectic repertoire of iconic folkie turned cabaret favorite, Judy Collins. 'A Light in the Window - Songs of Judy Collins.' Performances are May 17th at 7:30pm and June 12th at 7pm. The show will be directed by Scott Barnes, with accompaniment by Carlin's Musical Director, Paul Greenwood, on Piano, Dick Sarpola on bass and John Redsecker on drums. The Laurie Beechman Theater is at Westbank Cafe, 407 W. 42nd St. NYC. For reservations, call: (212) 695-6909. (more...)

This Weeks New Movies - 4/11/2014 - 4/11/2014
by BWW - Apr 06, 2014

Information, posters, descriptions of all the upcoming movies being released from 4/11/2014 - 4/11/2014! (more...)

Photo Flash: Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera Attend PDS Gypsy Awards Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

The Professional Dancers Society's (PDS) Gypsy Awards Luncheon honoring Leslie Caron and Dee Dee Wood and the late Marc Breaux was held on March 30, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Broadway's Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera were in attendance, and you can check out a photo of them together below! (more...)

AUDIO: Listen to Kristin Chenoweth Singing 'Poisonous Love' from RIO 2
by Movies News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Twentieth Century Fox's RIO 2, featuring Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth and a flock of top actors and musical talents, will hit theaters on April 11. Click below for a first listen to Chenoweth's character -- the poison dart frog 'Gabi' -- singing her love song called 'Poisonous Love' to criminal mastermind 'Nigel'! (more...)

20th Century Fox and RIO 2 Plan Miami Musical Extravaganza for Animated Film's Premiere on March 21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Attendees at the World Premiere screening of RIO 2 will walk the special "Blu" Carpet (named for one of the film's characters) and then be enveloped by action, music and fun as director Carlos Saldanha reunites his beloved characters in RIO 2. In the new film, it's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids, after they're hurtled from Rio to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful and villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all…his father-in-law. Our favorite "Rio" characters are joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy/Tony/Grammy winner Rita Moreno. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host GHOSTBUSTERS Screening at United Palace, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

The United Palace Theatre and UPCA (United Palace of Cultural Arts) will feature a 30th Anniversary screening of Ivan Reitman's classic comedy GHOSTBUSTERS, as part of it's new 'Sunday Movies at the Palace' screening series, curated and hosted by Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) on March 23rd. Stage show begins at 5:00 followed by the screening at 5:30. (more...)

Julie James to Debut New Show at 54 Below, 3/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Broadway personality and SiriusXM Radio 'On Broadway' host Julie James will debut her new musical comedy, The Julie James Show, on Thursday, March 27th at 9:30 PM at 54 Below, it was announced today. To Broadway fans and 'On Broadway' listeners, Julie is best known as the effervescent host of 'Broadway Names with Julie James.' Now Julie utilizes a thrilling 3 ½ octave range with hilarious stories and songs to reveal a childhood obsession with jingles, theme songs and cast albums, as well as a performance background in opera and musical theatre, that would ultimately lead her to her role at SiriusXM where all of these elements combine into one incredible dream job. (more...)

BWW TV: Jennifer Kranz Wins LA's Next Great Stage Star 2014
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Mar 12, 2014

Jennifer Kranz, a senior at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles majoring in Theatre and minoring in Musical Theatre, emerged victorious Sunday, February 16th as LA's Next Great Stage Star® 2014 produced and presented by Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, the most critically acclaimed concert supper club in the greater Los Angeles area. (more...)

Leslie Caron to be Honored at PDS' Annual Gypsy Award Luncheon, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Award winning actress and dancer, Leslie Caron, has been named the honoree for the Professional Dancers Society (PDS) annual Gypsy Award Luncheon, it was announced by PDS President, Mitzi Gaynor and PDS Board Chairman, Joni Berry. Ms. Caron will be honored on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (9876 Wilshire Blvd.) and famed dancers/choreographers Dee Dee Wood and the late Marc Breaux will receive a special PDS Choreography Award, for their extraordinary contribution to dance. (more...)

Steven Spielberg to Helm WEST SIDE STORY Big Screen Reboot?
by TV News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

A big screen revival of the clasic film WEST SIDE STORY may be in the works at Fox. (more...)

BLUE MAN GROUP to Return to Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre, 5/6-11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

BLUE MAN GROUP returns to Washington for one week only at the National Theatre, May 6 though 11. (more...)

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