THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Academy and Tony Award Winner Rita Moreno Shares Her Theatregoing Experiences

By Andrew Gans
March 13, 2013

Their Favorite Things asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.

This week we spotlight the choices of Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner Rita Moreno, who recently released her autobiography, "Rita Moreno: A Memoir."



(Clicking on a name bolded in blue will take readers to that actor or show's entry in the Playbill Vault.)

 

Joel Grey as Emcee in Cabaret

 

"One of the most meticulous, gorgeously precise and detailed performances ever - a '10.'"

 

 

South Pacific

 

"Best ever end of Act One - as the proscenium moves into the audience and the tenor soars."

 

Ethel Merman singing "Rose's Turn" in Gypsy

 

"'Nuff said."

Donna Murphy in Passion

 

"The personification of desperate need and yearning - a tour de force."

 

 

Anna Louizos, set designer for In the Heights, Cinderella

 

"...Anything she designs."

 

 

Nathan Lane

 

"...reading the dictionary."

 

Željko Ivanek in Slowgirl

 

"Such a gorgeous, constrained, performance - the audience was mesmerized."

 

 

Bill Irwin and David Shiner

 

"Two brilliant mimes who leave the audience speechless."

The dog in Annie

 

"Uh, every dog in every Annie."


Chita Rivera in West Side Story

 

"Verve, spirit spectacular dancer."