A Rosie by any other name...
By Michael Musto
How did this production come about?
When I was doing Frankie and Johnny, Terrence said, �I�ve got to write you a play.� I said, �Please do, and hurry up.� He said, �I don�t know what to write. You�re not what people think you are. You�re so sensitive.� I said, �Throw that out the window. I don�t care.� I told Joe about this, and he said, �I�ve got the perfect one for you: The Ritz! You know it�s politically incorrect.� I said, �Right up my alley!� Everyone�s a stereotype -- the Italians, the gays, the straights. If you get offended, you�re not a human being or you need therapy or both.
Have you talked to the original Googie, Rita Moreno?
I called her and said, �I�m asking for your blessing. I�ve got big shoes to fill.� She said, �Bullshit. You can do this. Just remember that Googie is a real person and you�ll win...and change your fucking cell phone message. It�s fucking rude.� And she hung up on me! I don�t think it�s rude at all. It says, �This is R.P. Please don�t leave a long, irritating message, and I�ll get back to you when I feel like it. Have a blessed day and God bless you.� Don�t you hate when people ramble on and on?