It was Josie de Guzman whom Leonard Bernstein chose to play Maria in the 1980 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Being chosen to sing the lead in a Broadway show is quite an achievement for any young singer; being chosen by the show's composer is just damn phenomenal. Houston audiences have seen the actress side of de Guzman in several Alley Theatre productions over the years. Today, at a salon event hosted by the Houston Seminar, de Guzman will show off her singer side. She'll talk about her two Tony nominations (for West Side Story and Guys and Dolls), and also about her experiences growing up and performing in two cultures, American and Puerto Rican. The limited-enrollment, ultra-intimate event features a conversation with and performance by de Guzman, accompanied by Larry Yurman. (He's fresh from music-directing and conducting Grey Gardens on Broadway.) That's a lot of star power Houston has imported; 42nd Street must be a little dim tonight. 6 to 8 p.m. Audience members will be informed of the events location at the time of ticket purchase. For information, call 713-666-9000 or visit www.houstonseminar.org. $75.
Mon., Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m., 2010