Rita Moreno returns to the Plaza Classic Film Festival

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) – Actress Rita Moreno, one of the few performers to win Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tonys, returns to the Plaza Theater and Plaza Classic Film Festival in the El Paso Community Foundation.

The iconic singer, dancer and actor will appear for 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. for Steven Spielberg’s 2021 version of West Side Story at the Plaza Theater. This year it’s 15e The annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will run from July 28 to August 7 in and around the Plaza Theater.

Ms. Moreno is the last surviving member of the main cast of Singin’ in the Rain. She played Zelda Zanders, her first Anglo character in a feature film, in the Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen classic. She won a supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of the feisty Anita in 1961’s West Side Story. In the new version, she served as executive producer, played the newly created character of Valentina, and performed the pivotal song Somewhere..

Miss Moreno has a long history with the Plaza Theater and the Plaza Classic Film Festival. She headlined a benefit concert there in 1986, which enabled the El Paso Community Foundation to purchase the deteriorating 1930 movie palace and eventually restore it with the city of El Paso. She reappeared in 2007, the year after the theater reopened, and headlined the Plaza Classic in 2013. Since then, she has starred in the Latinx remake of the TV series One Day at a Time, a received considerable buzz at the Oscars for the new West Side Story and has roles in the upcoming Fast and Furious sequel, Fast X, and Tom Brady’s Eighty for Brady.

Rita Moreno, 90, is one of the few performers to have won an Emmy in television, a Grammy in music, an Oscar in film and a Tony Award on Broadway. In addition to her Oscar, she received Emmys for The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files, a Grammy for her contributions to the soundtrack of the children’s show The Electric Company, and a Tony for her performance in the Broadway production. from The Ritz. His many credits include HBO ounces and the films The King and I, Carnal Knowledge and The Four Seasons.

Miss Moreno joins previously announced El Paso native F. Murray Abraham as this year’s special guests. Mr. Abraham will perform with Amadeus, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 5 and The Grand Budapest Hotel at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, both at the Plaza Theatre.

Tickets go on sale June 27 at the Plaza Theater box office and on Ticketmaster.com. Festival passes, which include admission to Plaza Classic movies and special events, and the new Movies Only Pass, are on sale at plazaclassic.com/tickets. Visit plazaclassic.com for more information or follow us on social media.

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Gerald R. Schneider