For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013

Rita Moreno To Appear In Person with West Side Story In Huntington

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Rita Moreno In Person with West Side Story @ Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm

(Long Island, NY) Join the legendary Rita Moreno at a special screening of “West Side Story”, the classic musical for which she won an Academy Award, plus a special reception and book-signing of her new book, “RITA MORENO: A MEMOIR” on Thursday, March 7 at 7 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, NY. (631) 423-7610

Dr. Jud Newborn, the CAC’s Special Events Curator, will conduct the interview. CAC Members $20 / Public $25. Includes reception. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theater hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006

Academy Award Winner RITA MORENO has chosen Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre for her exclusive New York appearance, coinciding with her just-published book, RITA MORENO: A MEMOIR. Audiences will enjoy WEST SIDE STORY on the big screen, and the electrifying role which won her an Oscar, followed by an interview, Q&A, and chance to meet her personally during her book-signing reception. Moreno, the first Hispanic actress to garner an Oscar, is also the first to win Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony (for The Ritz), Grammy and multiple Emmys – as well as the Library of Congress Living Legends Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and The National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Obama. A force of nature and ubiquitous TV star, Moreno currently stars with Fran Drescher in Happily Divorced, following her memorable HBO hit series OZ and much more.


Rita Moreno A Memoir, Credit Penguin Celebra Books, Rita, Mike LaMonica

West Side Story is one of the most widely beloved of all movie musicals, and many of the film’s most electrifying moments come from Oscar Winner RITA MORENO, especially her performance in the famed “America!” musical number, and the haunting duet “I Have A Love”. As her eponymous new memoir reveals, the legendary actress, dancer and singer has had a versatile, award-studded career of unparalleled longevity – one characterized by an ultimately successful struggle to overcome the racist Hollywood stereotyping of Latino women.


West Side Story, Credit to Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios Inc

With a youthfulness and vitality almost unbelievable at age 81, this Puerto Rican born artist – not only the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar, but the first actress to win Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, Grammy and multiple Emmys – is still going strong. Known to entirely new generations through her ubiquitous hit TV roles, she is currently starring with Fran Drescher in Happily Divorced. Before that she memorably starred in The Electric Company on PBS, and the controversial HBO hit series OZ for six years. She also made guest appearances on Ugly Betty, Law and Order, Golden Girls, plus a running role on Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Her Tony for Best Featured Actress came in 1975 as Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally’s play The Ritz, a role she later repeated in the Hollywood film version.

In 2000, she won the Library of Congress Living Legends Award, and later the Presidential Medal of Freedom and The National Medal of Arts. But the weight of multiple honors cannot stop Rita Moreno from performing in cabaret and in her solo autobiographical show, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup – a fitting description also for her new memoir, a no-holds barred account of a tumultuous, dynamic and triumphant life like no other.

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