By Megan Johnson | 04/24/2014 - 14:38
From the moment Rita Moreno arrived on a boat in New York City as a 5-year-old girl, she was navigating new curves and bends in a new place she'd call home.
By Cristina Arreola | 04/02/2014 - 14:19
West Side Story is, perhaps, the most beloved musicals of all time.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/30/2013 - 10:13
The Tony Awards nominations were announced today, and we admit we're a bit bummed that no Latinos were nominated this year (except of course the superbly talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, a previous Tony winner who wrote the music for this year's hit Broadway musical Bring It On: The Musical, which was nominated for Best Musical). Congrats to Miranda!
By Lee Hernandez | 11/15/2011 - 11:45
With Twentieth Century Home Entertainment releasing the classic musical West Side Story on Blu-ray today, we caught up with legendary Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, who remembers what it was like becoming the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar. Moreno also tells us why people love the character Anita and why she should've won two Oscars for her performance in the film.
By Amaris Castillo | 10/25/2011 - 09:43
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is the case for actors John Leguizamo and Rita Moreno. Though their careers launched decades apart, both experienced similar hurdles in Hollywood because of their Latino identities.
By Lee Hernandez | 04/22/2011 - 02:52
You know the song: The most beautiful sound I ever heard; All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word—Maria; I just met a girl named Maria.
Over the past 15 years at Latina we have met many Marias; some journalists, some fashion designers, some fictional, some icons, some boats. Check out the extraordinary and exceptional Latinas that made the list of our 15 favorite Maria's of all-time! And then feel free to yell at us about who we left off, because boy did we fight about it in the office...
By Lee Hernandez | 08/06/2009 - 15:33
After watching Karen Olivo take home a Tony for her role in the Broadway revival of West Side Story, and hearing all of the buzz surroudning the play, I decided I had to check it out. After watching the show, which opened in March and can currently be seen at NYC's Palace Theatre, I was left wondering why 91-year-old American playwright and director Arthur Laurents revived this play if nothing new was going to come of it.
By Laura Checkoway | 06/09/2009 - 16:05
At the Palace Theater in New York City, the crowd cheers the loudest for Karen Olivo. She isn’t the lead of Broadway’s West Side Story revival, but as Anita, the Puerto Rican spitfire and Sharks gang girl originally played by Chita Rivera in the 1957 musical (and Rita Moreno four years later in the film version), she’s the one the audience jump to their feet for.