"The Ritz" by Terrence McNally

The Ritz is a play by Terrence McNally. Actress Rita Moreno won a Tony Award for her performance as Googie Gomez in the 1975 Broadway production, which she and many others of the original cast reprised in a 1976 film version directed by Richard Lester.


The farce is set in a gay bathhouse in Manhattan, where unsuspecting heterosexual Cleveland businessman Gaetano Proclo has taken refuge from his homicidal mobster brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci. There Gaetano stumbles across an assortment of oddball characters, including a rabid chubby chaser, go-go boys, a squeaky-voiced detective, and Googie Gomez, a third-rate Puerto Rican entertainer with visions of Broadway glory who mistakes him for a famous producer and whom he mistakes for a man in drag. Further complications arise when Gaetano's wife Vivian tracks him down and jumps to all the wrong conclusions about his sexual preferences.


Name Age Gender # of lines
Old Man Vespucci M
Carmine Vespucci M
Vivian Proclo F
Aunt Vera F
Abe M
Claude Perkins M
Gaetano Proclo M
Chris M
Michael Brick M
Googie Gomez F
Maurine F
Tiger M
Duff M

Production History

Opening Venue Company
Oct 11, 2007 Studio 54 Roundabout Theatre Company
May 2, 1983 Xenon Theatre
Jan 20, 1975 Longacre Theatre
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