Honoring one of the nation’s most beloved performers, The Music Center recognized Rita Moreno with The Music Center’s Excellence in the Performing Arts Award earlier this year at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the performing arts center’s inaugural Summer Soirée (Soirée).
The Music Center’s Excellence in the Performing Arts Award salutes individuals who are pioneers in the creative and performing arts. Moreno was honored for her tireless efforts to help redefine the role of women in the arts.
The Music Center’s President and CEO Rachel Moore explained that The Music Center’s Summer Soirée is a statement about the performing arts center’s commitment to excellence, Moore said. “Rita Moreno has set the bar for the finest artistic quality; time after time, she delivers performances that are unparalleled. Her commitment to push boundaries and defy stereotypes has moved the field forward in tremendous ways and exemplifies everything this award represents.”
Actress Justina Machado who co-stars with Moreno in the upcoming “One Day at a Time” reboot currently in production along with actress and comedienne Fran Drescher who played Moreno’s daughter in “Happily Divorced” joined Moore in presenting the award to Moreno.
In accepting the award, Rita Moreno said, “That sweet elixir I call the ‘arts’ requires more than the creativity and passion of the artist. There would be no Misty Copelands, no Stella Abreras, no Rita Morenos apart from those of you who encourage, support and applaud.