More Moreno

September 11th, 2006

Tonight's episode (at 7:30; repeated on Friday night at 10:30, as well as at other times that remain -- even after a year on the job -- a total mystery to me) is a rebroadcast of the first interview we ever aired. My guest is Rita Moreno, who -- the more you find out about her -- only becomes more and more impressive. You can read my original blog item about her here.

Since that interview was taped, my wife and I had the great pleasure of seeing Rita in a beautiful production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie at the Berkeley Rep. She took the powerhouse role of Amanda, the overbearing mom, to surprising places: part burlesque, part realistic, but never pulling the play off its axis. A performer who can stretch from West Side Story's Anita to Williams's Amanda is a performer to be reckoned with.

Plus, she lives in Berkeley and is married to a Jew! What's not to like? ...

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  • 1. lesley  |  September 12th, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    I wonder ifyou could give me the info on where this lovely lady is performing, I must have missed that part.
    Thanks very much

  • 2. PK  |  September 15th, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    I catch the JK show occasionally, and I’m not the type to comment. But, I must say that the interview with Rita Moreno was one of the best celebrity interviews I have ever seen – by any journalist or host. Made me want to see her cabaret show and watch Josh more often.

  • 3. beth custer  |  September 16th, 2006 at 10:41 am

    Hi Josh,
    I’ve really been enjoying your show. Congratulations!!

    Any chance you’d consider having me on as a guest? I have many shows this fall we could promote including Clarinet Thing at Noe Valley Ministry on November 11 and The Beth Custer Ensemble at Freight and Salvage on December 17.

    I’ve now got 9 releases on my label including a DVD of MY GRANDMOTHER live music to rare hilarious 1929 Soviet Georgian film; The Beth Custer Ensemble, my songs; Clarinet Thing; and upcoming-Left Coast Chamber Ensemble with me where I’m singing with their string quartet.

    Just thought I’d ask….
    Let me know if you’d like to have a package of my new releases. I’d gladly send an oboist my ouevre!
    (I hope I spelled that right!)

    (415) 305-3242

  • 4. Lori  |  September 19th, 2006 at 9:59 am

    Hi Lesley,

    Thanks for watching! At the time we first aired the interview with Rita Moreno she was due to perform at The Plush Room in San Francisco. But this was a repeat broadcast so, unfortunately, that time has indeed passed…

    Best wishes,
    Lori Halloran
    Series Producer, The Josh Kornbluth Show

  • 5. Josh Kornbluth  |  October 17th, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Beth, I’d love to get some recordings from you! As you know, I’m a big fan of your work! … PK, thanks for your lovely comment!

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