‘In the Heights’ Actor Doreen Montalvo Dies at 56
Doreen Montalvo, stage and film actress best known for appearing in the Broadway musical "In the Heights", died Saturday afternoon after a sudden illness, Variety has confirmed. She was 56 years old.
Montalvo recently repeated her role as the bolero singer in Jon M. Chu's adaptation of "In the Heights" and as a member of the ensemble in Steven Spielberg's musical adaptation "West Side Story". Both films, which will capture the actor's final performance, will premiere in 2021.
On Broadway, Montalvo was a member of the ensemble, bolero singer and an understudy for Daniela, Camila and Abuela Claudia in the original cast of "In the Heights". In "On Your Feet!" From 2015 to 2017, she portrayed a cast member, Nena and Lucia, and served as an understudy for Gloria Fajardo, a Cuban mother who raised her family in Miami. In 2017 she also portrayed Amelia at the world premiere of American Mariachi, which debuted at the Old Globe and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Her off-Broadway and national tour credits include "Giant", "Flashdance", "Mamma Mia", "La Lupe" and "Curvy Widow". She appeared in the Broadway production of "Mrs. Doubtfire ”as Janet Lundy and Ensemble Member before Coronavirus Forced Shutdowns.
The late actor has also appeared on a number of television series including "Law & Order," "The Good Wife," "Smash," "One Life to Live" and "Elementary and Madam Secretary". Her 2013 films include "The Story of Timmy Two Chins", "Jack, Jules, Esther & Me" and "Tracked".
Montalvo is survived by her husband, stage actor Michael Mann, and their stepchildren.
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