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Chita Rivera: ‘West Side Story’ changed her career

by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll

Chita Rivera was a dancer. Leonard Bernstein made her a singer, too.

And singing – plus stories – will be what fans will largely be treated to Monday night at Cotuit Center for the Arts when Rivera sits down with host/accompanist Seth Rudetsky to look back on her 65-year Broadway career.
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Rita Moreno remembers West Side Story's bold, subversive 'America'
The 85-year-old film legend talks about delicious dance moves, blingy costumes, and porny shops

Joe McGovern@jmcgvrn

In 1961, Rita Moreno achieved movie immortality with her performance as the no-nonsense Anita in West Side Story. Set within a vibrant Puerto Rican community in New York City (though filmed almost entirely in Los Angeles), the film won 10 Oscars, including best supporting actress for Moreno and best picture.

The actress, now 85 and earning raves for her work on Netflix’s One Day at a Time, talked to EW about the barnstorming song-and-dance number “America,” in which she jousts with her boyfriend (George Chakiris) about the pros and cons of their adopted home.

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Rita Moreno shares her thoughts on a West Side Story remake

By Iona Kirby | Showbiz Editor

Rita Moreno is one of Hollywood's most legendary stars.

And the iconic actress chatted to at a Paley Live event for her show One Day At A Time, revealing what drew her to the project and how she would feel about a remake of her classic movie West Side Story.
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by Pati Buehler

We caught up with this original Springfield Pa. resident who seems to have live arts in her family. (Mom (director/choreographer), Dad (opera singer), Aunt (actress).
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Natalie Cortez talks 'West Side Story' at Paper Mill

Alex Biese, @ABieseAPP

In the nearly 50 years since it first debuted on Broadway, “West Side Story” has earned a prominent place in the public consciousness. But still, Natalie Cortez knows the show better than most.

A Manhattan native who now calls West Orange home, Cortez appeared in both regional and Broadway productions of the Jerome Robbins/Arthur Laurents/Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim classic over the years.

This month, she’ll be reprising the role of Anita at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn for a production directed by Mark S. Hoebee and running through June 26. She recently discussed the role, the legendary show and more in a telephone interview.
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West Side Story Characters
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Name Gender Vocal Part Age Range Role Type
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Oscar Winner Rita Moreno: ‘I’m the Happiest Hispanic I’ve Ever Met’

By Dan Harris

Before Jennifer Lopez and Sophia Vergara, there was Rita Moreno.

The Hispanic heartthrob from “West Side Story” is one of the few human beings ever to win an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy. And later this month, she will be inducted into the American Songbook Hall of Fame.

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I finished reading Rita Moreno : a Memoir , which has one chapter on West Side Story . Nothing especially new revealed: Read more... )
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BWW TV Exclusive: Chita Rivera Uncut Part 1- Talks DROOD, WEST SIDE STORY, SWEET CHARITY, and More!

Broadway legend Chita Rivera is currently starring alongside Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Jim Norton, and more in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which opened, November 13 at Studio 54. In this first part of a two part interview, Richard chats with Chita about playing the 'Princess Puffer', how she won her role in WEST SIDE STORY, her friendship with Gwen Verdon and so much more.

Chita always called Jerome "Big Daddy"
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InDepth InterView: Karen Olivo Talks THE GOOD WIFE, Upcoming Projects & Looks Back

by Pat Cerasaro

Today we are talking to one of Broadway’s brightest new marquee names all about her Tony Award-winning work in the recent revival of WEST SIDE STORY, Read more... )
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Women and Gender in Musicals Week: Female Friendship, Madonna/Whore Stereotypes and Rape Culture in 'West Side Story'

Posted by Megan "The Opinioness" Kearns

[Trigger warning for rape] | Spoilers ahead

West Side Story is one of my absolute favorite musicals. I adore the catchy lyrics, the breathtakingly exquisite choreography and cinematography, the heartbreaking love story. A modern Romeo and Juliet taking place in New York City amongst two rival gangs -- one white, one Puerto Rican -- it tackles racism, bigotry, murder and teen angst. But many audiences overlook the film’s portrayal of gender, female friendship and rape culture.

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Fascinating look at a casting call for an upcoming production.

Non-Equity National Tour of “West Side Story”

by Kristen Trahan

Producer: Troika Entertainment
Director: David Saint
Jerome Robbins’ Choreography Recreated By: Joey McKneely
Casting: Clemmons/Dewing Casting
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: Arthur Laurents, David Saint (revisions)

Rehearsals begin September 24, 2012; First performance is October 29, 2012. Contracted through July 2013.
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To mark the golden anniversary of the cinematic masterpiece set on the 1950s streets of New York, Amy Robach sits down with Rita Moreno and other stars of “West Side Story.”

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