"West Side Story" Star Rita Moreno to Join Lin-Manuel Miranda for Film Screening at United Palace Theatre
By Carey Purcell
Tony and Academy Award winner Rita Moreno, who starred as Anita in the film musical "West Side Story," will join Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) at a screening of the film Feb. 23 at the United Palace Theatre.
Presented by The Broadway League's Viva Broadway and the United Palace of Cultural Arts, this second installment of "Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda" will screen the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, which features a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. The film was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
The theatre, which was originally called the Loew's 175th Street Theatre when it opened in 1930, has not screened films in more than 40 years. The "Sunday at the Palace" series follows the fundraising campaign "Return Film to the Palace," which raised close to $50,000.
A monthly screening of classic New York City films, chosen by Miranda, plays through June. Miranda will host the screenings joined by special guests.
He will introduce "West Side Story" with a stage show featuring a conversation with Moreno. Guests in tuxedos or gowns will receive a free bag of popcorn at the concession stand.
Moreno's stage credits include The Ritz, Wally's Cafe and The Odd Couple. Her TV work includes "The Golden Girls," "Ugly Betty" and "Oz," and her film work includes "Rio 2," "Playing It by Ear" and "The Ritz." She received an Emmy Award for her work on "The Rockford Files" and a Grammy Award for "The Electric Company Album."
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