Celebrate Rita Moreno and her illustrious career with sing-along West Side Story and laugh along to The Ritz.
8 PM -PUTTING ON THE RITZ Benefit Gala
(includes performances, interview, career clips, screening of THE RITZ
Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Oscar and recent Lifetime Achievement SAG Award Winner Rita Moreno takes center stage at the historic Castro Theatre for an all-day tribute event. The main evening gala occurs at 8 pm as Marc Huestis presents PUTTING ON THE RITZ. He'll be turning the Castro Theatre into a full-on bathhouse in celebration of Rita's remarkable career. Moreno's sure to bring down the bathhouse in a live-wire onstage interview. Also expect ushers in towels, career clips, a tappy tribute by Matthew Martin. All capped by a rare screening of THE RITZ, Terrence McNally's hysterical 1976 comedy in which Rita recreates her Tony winning performance as the wacky and lovable queen of the steam Googie Gomez. The evening is hosted by D'Arcy Drollinger, benefitting Let's KickASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) -a grassroots movement of long-term survivors. VIP ticketholders are also invited to attend a pre-show book signing with Rita in the Castro Mezzanine.
There will be special 1 PM matinee event Sing Along WEST SIDE STORY Introduced by Rita Moreno and hosted by SF beloved comic Marga Gomez! The Oscar winning star of WEST SIDE STORY Rita Moreno- Anita herself- kicks off this very special sing-along to the all time musical classic WEST SIDE STORY- winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno.
This presentation features on-screen lyrics of great Bernstein/Sondheim tunes including TONIGHT, MARIA, AMERICA, goody bags & costume contest.