The Ritz's Rosie Perez Chats on CW's "Morning News" and NBC's "Martha"

News   The Ritz's Rosie Perez Chats on CW's "Morning News" and NBC's "Martha" Rosie Perez — who stars in the Roundabout Theatre Company's new staging of Terrence McNally's The Ritz — will hit the talk show circuit Oct. 17, appearing on CW 11's "Morning News" and NBC's "Martha Stewart Show."

The actress will appear on the morning news and talk show programs in segments which air 8:40-9 AM (locally on Channel 11) and 1-2 PM (on Channel 4), respectively.

Actress Perez has taken time from her screen career to add stage work to her resume, starring in Broadway's recent revivals of Reckless and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and Off-Broadway's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. Her film credits include "Fearless," "Human Nature," "Do the Right Thing," "Untamed Heart" and HBO's "Lackawanna Blues." She made her directorial debut with the 2006 documentary "Yo Soy Boricua Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas!"

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Joe Mantello directs the comedy revival starring Perez and Kevin Chamberlin (Dirty Blonde, Seussical), which began previews Sept. 15. The limited engagement opened Oct. 11 at Studio 54 for run a through Dec. 2.

Billed as "an over-the-top comedy that takes place in a bathhouse in Manhattan," the farcical The Ritz concerns a man (Chamberlin) — hiding out from a mobster in the titular Turkish bath — who realizes he is actually in a gay bathhouse. He then takes on the guise of a big Broadway producer to avoid being discovered. Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Producers) is also featured in a cast that includes Ashlie Atkinson, Patrick Kerr, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Terrence Riordan, Seth Rudetsky, Adam Sietz, David Turner, Lenny Venito, Ryan Idol, Teddy Coluca, Billy Magnussen, Mark Leydorf, Matthew Montelongo, Angela Pietropinto, Jeffrey Evan Thomas, Josh Breckenridge, Justin Clynes, Andrew Cooksey, Lukas Hassel, Nick Mayo and Dillon Porter.

Christopher Gattelli choreographs with Rudetsky handling musical direction. The design team includes Scott Pask (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Peggy Eisenhauer and Jules Fisher (lights) and Tony Meola (sound).

Tickets to The Ritz at Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org.

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