Rita Moreno News

Date of Birth: December 11, 1931 (85)
Birth Place: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Gender: Female
Tony Kushner 'Exploring the Story' with New WEST SIDE STORY ScriptTony Kushner 'Exploring the Story' with New WEST SIDE STORY Script
by Movies News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

In a recent interview with Daily Beast, playwright Tony Kushner chats about one of his current projects- WEST SIDE STORY. Kushner is rewriting the book for the classic movie for director Steven Spielberg. Don't expect any changes to the score, however. "I am not touching in any way the greatest score of a musical ever written,' says Kushner. 'I love the [1961] film. Who doesn't? I am not changing the story, the setting, the period. It is still the Upper West Side in the late 1950s, but I'm exploring the story.' (more...)

Vocal Legend Marilyn Maye to Launch American Pops Orchestra's Third SeasonVocal Legend Marilyn Maye to Launch American Pops Orchestra's Third Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Maestro LUKE FRAZIER and THE AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA - Washington, DC's innovative hometown orchestra - will launch their all-star third season with a special benefit event featuring a rare DC-area appearance of vocal legend Marilyn Maye. (more...)

Lisa Viggiano Brings an Encore Performance of THREE'S A CHARM to Don't Tell MamaLisa Viggiano Brings an Encore Performance of THREE'S A CHARM to Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Back by popular demand, Lisa Viggiano, the celebrated MAC nominated and Broadway World Award winning artist returns to Don't Tell Mama's Brick Room on July 28th at 7 pm with her latest act, THREE'S A CHARM.  The show is a dynamic journey through the magic of music.  Audiences will experience an eclectic mix of 'charmed' songs and stories, featuring selections from the American Songbook, pop, folk, and musical theater.  (more...)

Lineup Announced for First Annual Speak Up, Rise Up FestivalLineup Announced for First Annual Speak Up, Rise Up Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

Speak Up, Rise Up has announced their festival line-up which features 18 diverse solo and storytelling shows over the course of the week. Under the Artistic Direction of Asher Novek, the festival runs August 14 - 20 at the historic Connelly Theater on the Lower East Side. (more...)

Danbury's Musicals at Richter Continues 33rd Season with WEST SIDE STORYDanbury's Musicals at Richter Continues 33rd Season with WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2017

Musicals at Richter (MAR), celebrating its 33rd season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, continues its summer season with 'West Side Story,' the explosive musical retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story set against the backdrop of rival street gangs in 1950s New York City. Staged on the grounds of the Richter Arts Center in Danbury July 7 through 22, performances take place outdoors under the stars Friday through Sunday evenings at 8:30 p.m., with additional specially discounted performances on Thursday, July 13 and 20. (more...)

Rita Moreno, Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee Among The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Gala HonoreesRita Moreno, Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee Among The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Gala Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will hold its second biennial American Portrait Gala Sunday, Nov. 19, honoring five individuals whose achievements in their respective fields have been exemplary and whose portraits reside in the museum's collection. (more...)

Photo Flash: WEST SIDE STORY Cast Gets Dancing in Rehearsal at Ivoryton PlayhousePhoto Flash: WEST SIDE STORY Cast Gets Dancing in Rehearsal at Ivoryton Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City in the breathtaking musical, WEST SIDE STORY which opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 5th. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal! (more...)

Watch LIVE: The 2017 Jimmy Awards Pre-Show Update at Broadway's Minskoff TheatreWatch LIVE: The 2017 Jimmy Awards Pre-Show Update at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

The ninth annual JIMMY AWARDS will be held on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. 74 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. Ceremony updates, Inspiring Teacher Award and the nominee award presentations will be streamed live on Facebook. (more...)

2017 Jimmy Awards Best Actor & Best Actress Presentations to Stream Live on Facebook2017 Jimmy Awards Best Actor & Best Actress Presentations to Stream Live on Facebook
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

The ninth annual JIMMY AWARDS will be held on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. 74 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. Ceremony updates, Inspiring Teacher Award and the nominee award presentations will be streamed live on Facebook. (more...)

Mia Pinero and Stephen Mir to Star in WEST SIDE STORY at Ivoryton PlayhouseMia Pinero and Stephen Mir to Star in WEST SIDE STORY at Ivoryton Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City in the breathtaking musical, WEST SIDE STORY which opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 5th. With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original 1957 Broadway production ran for over 700 performances before going on tour, and garnered 6 Tony nominations. (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers TheatreTREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

2017 Jimmy Award Nominees Announced; Ben Platt to Host Ceremony This Month at the Minskoff!2017 Jimmy Award Nominees Announced; Ben Platt to Host Ceremony This Month at the Minskoff!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

THE JIMMY AWARDS have announced that 74 high school students from across America will compete for the award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress as well as other honors and scholarships at the ninth annual awards ceremony. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 26th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. (more...)

Carol Burnett Receives Honorary Degree from American Film InstituteCarol Burnett Receives Honorary Degree from American Film Institute
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

The American Film Institute (AFI) held a historic AFI Conservatory Commencement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, June 5, 2017. The date of the event marked the 50th Anniversary of the Institute's formation in 1967, with its honorees - the AFI Class of 2017, as well as Honorary Degree recipients Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975) - spanning the past, present and future of the art form. (more...)

Wonder Woman's Chris Pine Kicks Off Summer By Reading Clark the Shark for Storyline OnlineWonder Woman's Chris Pine Kicks Off Summer By Reading Clark the Shark for Storyline Online
by TV News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Chris Pine is making waves with his newest project! The Wonder Woman and Star Trek star partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online® (storylineonline.net) children's literacy initiative to read the beloved children's book Clark the Shark (storylineonline.net/clark-the-shark/) written by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis and published by HarperCollins. (more...)

The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors Announces 2017 WinnersThe Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors Announces 2017 Winners
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

A panel of nationally recognized judges-including casting director Michael Donovan, producer, director and choreographer Andy Ferrara, and actress Wendy Rosoff-announced the 2017 winners of The Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors held last night at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Bernadette Peters to Talk Storied Career in 'Profiles in Creativity' Series at the Kennedy CenterBernadette Peters to Talk Storied Career in 'Profiles in Creativity' Series at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

The Kennedy Center today announces that acclaimed three-time Tony Award-winning actress and star of the Kennedy Center's celebrated 2011 production of Follies, Bernadette Peters, will take part in philanthropist and Board Chairman David M. Rubenstein's new series of sit-down conversations with high-profile figures from the arts and culture field on June 26, 2017. (more...)

Ballet Hispanico's CARNAVAL Gala Raises More Than $1 MillionBallet Hispanico's CARNAVAL Gala Raises More Than $1 Million
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Celebrating trailblazing Latina leaders, Ballet Hispanico's Carnaval Gala on May 15 at The Plaza Hotel raised more than $1 million in support of the organization's artistic, educational and community outreach programs in New York City, across the United States and around the world. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Celebrating trailblazing Latina leaders, Ballet Hispanico's Carnaval Gala on May 15 at The Plaza Hotel raised more than $1 million in support of the organization's artistic, educational and community outreach programs in New York City, across the United States and around the world.  This includes the creation of new Company works, scholarships for students at the renown Ballet Hispanico School of Dance, and numerous community arts and educational programs.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Daryl Roth and Paula Vogel at the New Dramatists 68th Annual Spring LuncheonPhoto Coverage: Broadway Celebrates Daryl Roth and Paula Vogel at the New Dramatists 68th Annual Spring Luncheon
by Walter McBride - May 17, 2017

Just yesterday, New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, honored 10-time Tony Award®-winning producer Daryl Roth and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel with their 2017 Outstanding Career Achievement Awards at its 68th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company presents MY LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGERubicon Theatre Company presents MY LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

On the heels of a thrilling performance by Phantom star DAVIS GAINES, the 2017 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company continues with a concert starring Emmy Award-winner and multiple-Tony nominee NANCY DUSSAULT in MY LIFE…UPON THE WICKED STAGE. Perhaps best known to audiences as the first host of "Good Morning America," and for her co-starring role on TV on "Too Close for Comfort," Dussault's remarkable career began on the stage. Her concert includes anecdotes about Dussault's remarkable career and songs by many of her favorite composers, such as Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Burton Lane and Stephen Sondheim. Dussault's extraordinary musicality and comedic storytelling infuse new meaning into beloved classics such as "Getting Married Today," "Look to the Rainbow," "Old Friend" and her iconic "Make Someone Happy." Nancy is joined by Musical Director Christopher Marlowe and Director Valentine Mayer. NANCY DUSSAULT: MY LIFE…UPON THE WICKED STAGE comes to Ventura for three-performances-only: Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. (more...)

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