EGOT stage and screen icon Rita Moreno has been cast in Amy Poheler’s upcoming pilot Old Soul. According to Deadline, Moreno will play a colorful over-the-top Main Stem alum opposite Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) in the NBC comedy.
Directed by David Wain and co-created and executive produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, Old Soul revolves around former wild child Nadia (Lyonne), who runs a business caring for seniors. Nadia feels more of an affinity for her clients, one of whom is Rita (Moreno), than her peers.
Moreno, who won a Tony Award for The Ritz, is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. Her additional Broadway credits include Skydrift, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The National Health, Wally’s Cafe and The Odd Couple. Her many film and TV credits include The Electric Company (winning a Grammy for appearing on the cast album), Singin’ in the Rain, Oz, Cane, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Nine to Five, garnering Emmy Awards for The Muppet Show and Out to Lunch. Moreno is the author of a bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Lyonne is an off-Broadway vet with credits including Tigers Be Still and Blood From a Stone. Her screen credits also include American Pie and Everyone Says I Love You.
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