Tony Winner Rita Moreno Lands Role in New Amy Poehler Pilot "Old Soul"
10 Feb 2014
Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner Rita Moreno has landed a leading role in the NBC comedy pilot "Old Soul," according to Deadline.com.
Co-created and executive-produced by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, the series stars Natasha Lyonne.
David Wain directs the single-camera comedy.
"Old Soul," according to Deadline, centers on a "reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age." Moreno will play a client named Rita, who is described as "a sexy old gal and ... flamboyant, larger-than-life Broadway vet who has been happily married to her writing partner/husband for over 50 years."
The singing actress was most recently seen on stage in the critically acclaimed, extended engagement of Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, a music-kissed biographical show, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.