Inside the Oscar Winner’s Return to West Side Story
NO WONDER she likes to live in America! Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the 1961 film version of West Side Story, has been cast in director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming remake of the classic musical. “From our earliest discussions, we wanted to include Rita Moreno in our production,” says Steven. “Her Anita is one of the greatest musical performances ever filmed, and a personal favorite of mine. We created an original role for her, and we feel beyond fortunate that Rita will bring her extraordinary gifts as an actress.” Rita will play Valentina, a revamped version of corner-store owner Doc. She’ll also be an executive producer on the film, which will be written by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). “Never in my wildest dreams did
I see myself revisiting this seminal work,” says Rita. “And to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling! Then to work together with Tony Kushner — what a glorious stew! I am tingling!”
In addition to her Oscar, Rita has also won an Emmy, a Grammyand a Tony!