Rita Moreno News

Date of Birth: December 11, 1931 (83)
Birth Place: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Gender: Female
SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

SEE IT BIG! Moving Image to Screen WEST SIDE STORY, INTERSTELLAR & More on 70mm This SummerSEE IT BIG! Moving Image to Screen WEST SIDE STORY, INTERSTELLAR & More on 70mm This Summer
by Movies News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

This summer, Museum of the Moving Image will present See It Big! 70mm, every weekend from August 7 through 30, featuring eight films made between 1961 and 2014 -- all of them shot in 70mm and to be shown in 70mm prints in the majestic Sumner M. Redstone Theater. (more...)

Broadway & TV Star Mandy Patinkin Joins Cast of Original Series NINA'S WORLDBroadway & TV Star Mandy Patinkin Joins Cast of Original Series NINA'S WORLD
by TV News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Tony and Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe Nominee Mandy Patinkin joins the cast of Sprout's newest original series, 'NINA'S WORLD,' lending his iconic voice to the character of Mr. Lambert, the friendly community librarian. (more...)

Stage & Screen Star Rita Moreno Joins Cast of New Original Series NINA'S WORLDStage & Screen Star Rita Moreno Joins Cast of New Original Series NINA'S WORLD
by TV News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Legendary actress Rita Moreno (West Side Story), who is among the most decorated performers in the history of stage and screen, has been cast in the new original series NINA'S WORLD. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/22/2015 - Taye Diggs as HEDWIG and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/22/2015 - Taye Diggs as HEDWIG and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 22, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Taye Diggs steps into HEDWIG's stilettos, AMERICAN IDIOT and SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD open in London, JOHN begins off-Broadway, Valerie Harper returns to the stage, and more! (more...)

Vanessa Hudgens, Misty Copeland and Rita Moreno Among 2015 Industry Dance HonoreesVanessa Hudgens, Misty Copeland and Rita Moreno Among 2015 Industry Dance Honorees
by Jessica Showers - Jul 21, 2015

Broadway stars past, present and future will be honored at this year's Industry Dance Awards.  (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 7/14/2015 - 7/21/2015Hottest Articles on BWW 7/14/2015 - 7/21/2015
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 7/14/2015 - 7/21/2015. (more...)

CHCI Congratulates Rita Moreno on Her 2015 Kennedy Center HonorCHCI Congratulates Rita Moreno on Her 2015 Kennedy Center Honor
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) congratulates Rita Moreno on her much deserved selection to receive a 2015 Kennedy Center Honor acknowledging her incomparable contributions to the arts. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/16/2015 - AMAZING GRACE Opens and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/16/2015 - AMAZING GRACE Opens and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 16, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: AMAZING GRACE sails to Broadway, SOMETHING ROTTEN! gathers at B&N and more!  (more...)

Cicely Tyson, Rita Moreno & Carole King Among 2015 KENNEDY CENTER HonoreesCicely Tyson, Rita Moreno & Carole King Among 2015 KENNEDY CENTER Honorees
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Today, The Kennedy Center Honors announced their honorees for 2015 are the American rock band Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress and Broadway star Cicely Tyson. (more...)

SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARDSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Elegant Solutions For A New Norma Desmond In SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 15, 2015

With breaking news arising late last week of Glenn Close being considered for a return to her Tony Award-winning role in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's Tony Award-winning Best Musical SUNSET BOULEVARD as well as the show's anniversary of its original West End world premiere opening on July 12, now is an absolutely opportune time to turn back the clock to 1993 and see what precisely makes SUNSET BOULEVARD so spectacular - and muse on some of the major talent that could bring the type of big-time attention that would warrant a major revival of the musical, whether on Broadway, the West End or even the silver screen. Given that the original Billy Wilder film was penned with Gloria Swanson in mind and ultimately became a roman a clef of sorts for the unique star as well as considering the sordid history of original lead Patti LuPone and her odyssey in starring in the show, not to mention the victorious and memorable highs achieved by the leading ladies who have headlined the show - which, post-Close, included Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Diahann Carroll, Elaine Paige and more - the role is ripe for a star of epic proportions to introduce one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most acclaimed musicals to a new generation. And, the time is now. The possibilities are virtually endless, but here are some particularly delectable ideas as we begin to consider who would be absolutely ideal for a new Norma Desmond fit for 2015. (more...)

The Mark Poniatowski Situation to Kick Off THE BLACK BOX's Summer Concert Series, 7/17The Mark Poniatowski Situation to Kick Off THE BLACK BOX's Summer Concert Series, 7/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin's new theater, music, and event venue, presents two evenings of great jazz to kick off the first annual Summer Concert Series. (more...)

Nominees Announced for the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!Nominees Announced for the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2015

THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS (NHSMTA)/JIMMY AWARDS just announced that 52 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the seventh annual awards ceremony. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 29th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased by visiting NHSMTA.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $79. Premium seats are $175. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY Gets a Reboot at the Ziegfeld TheaterBWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY Gets a Reboot at the Ziegfeld Theater
by Rob Myers - Jun 15, 2015

If your favorite musical ever had a favorite musical it would always inarguably be WEST SIDE STORY! With the book written by Arthur Laurents, original music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by the masterful Stephen Sondheim, and the entire original production directed and choreographed by the incomparable Jerome Robbins, I don't even have to tell you how meteoric and magical this musical was and still is. (more...)

HAMILTON'S Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Puerto Rican Day Parade 'Pride' AwardHAMILTON'S Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Puerto Rican Day Parade 'Pride' Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

HAMILTON and IN THE HEIGHTS creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the Nuestro Orgullo Award during this year's Puerto Rican Day Parade. Fellow Puerto Rican theater star Rita Moreno will be this year's grand marshall at the parade. (more...)

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Tops Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors; Winners Announced!YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Tops Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors; Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

A panel of nationally recognized judges, including Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award-winner, Rita Moreno; choreographer and Broadway dancer Michael Balderrama; director Michael Donovan; and producer, director and choreographer Andy Ferrara, announced the 2015 winners of The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors - formerly called The California High School Musical Honors - at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by Children's Musical Theater San Jose and Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, this yearly regional awards competition recognizes outstanding achievement in high school musical theatre in the greater California region. (more...)

Free Screening of WEST SIDE STORY Set for Lincoln Center Plaza This AugustFree Screening of WEST SIDE STORY Set for Lincoln Center Plaza This August
by Movies News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera announced that they are co-presenting a free outdoor screening of Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise's Academy Award-winning film West Side Story on the Lincoln Center Plaza in front of the opera house on Friday, August 28 at 7:45pm. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival LineupThe Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera's annual Summer HD Festival, which presents free outdoor screenings of operas on Lincoln Center Plaza each summer, will return with 10 screenings of performances featuring the company's leading artists in a varied selection of operas by Bartók, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi, running on consecutive nights from August 29 through September 7. (more...)

Jerry Lewis & More Featured in THIRTEEN's Inside Look at the Friars Club, 5/22Jerry Lewis & More Featured in THIRTEEN's Inside Look at the Friars Club, 5/22
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2015

The rich history of entertainment and laughter are revealed in the half-hour documentaryTreasures of New York: Friars Club, premiering on Thursday, May 21 at 10 p.m. on WLIW21 and Friday, May 22 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN. (more...)

The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors Announce 2015 NomineesThe Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors Announce 2015 Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors - formerly called The California High School Musical Honors - announced today the 2015 nominees who will compete in front of a panel of nationally recognized judges on Monday, June 1, 2015 at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

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