Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin Join Voices in TV Series; Oscar Winner Also Releases New CD

News   Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin Join Voices in TV Series; Oscar Winner Also Releases New CD
 
Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner Rita Moreno ("West Side Story") will be heard in the new animated series "Nina's World," which will premiere on NBC Universal's Sprout Network Sept. 26 at 7 PM ET.

The award-winning actress will voice the character of Abuelita, Nina's grandmother who helps her navigate childhood and learn about her culture. The series also features the voice of fellow Broadway Tony winner Mandy Patinkin in the role of Mr. Lambert, a gentle, sweet man who serves as the local librarian in Nina's multicultural neighborhood.

Michele Lepe will voice the role of Mami, and newcomer Isabella Farrier will voice the role of young Nina.

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"Nina's World," according to press notes, "centers around six-year-old Nina, who lives in a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood with her Mami, Papi and Abuelita, and goes everywhere with her best friend Star. [The series] is a celebration of a little Hispanic girl’s life, her supportive and loving family, and of the individuals of a variety of cultures who make up Nina’s community. Its multilingual approach will incorporate English, some Spanish and American Sign Language, and will emphasize inclusiveness, as well as the value of communicating across multiple languages and appreciating other cultures."

In related news Moreno will release her first-ever all-Spanish recording, which is entitled "Una vez más," Sept. 25.

In 11 songs, the acclaimed artist interprets salsa, danzón, ballads, flamenco, jazz and a Spanish version of "Somewhere," the West Side Story classic. "I am very proud of each of the songs," said Moreno in a statement. "They come dressed in some very impressive arrangements. Before recording the album I asked Emilio Estefan to include romantic songs because it's a genre that is hardly heard now. I also asked for songs that were close to my heart, to my roots. The result is wonderful: I just recorded the album that is closest to my heart."

Produced by Emilio Estefan, the album features orchestrations by Ricardo “Edito” Martinez and is currently available on pre-sale through iTunes and Amazon.

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