"West Side Story" Star Rita Moreno to Join Lin-Manuel Miranda for Film Screening at United Palace Theatre
18 Feb 2014
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.
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."
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.