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West Side Story original cast weighs in on new film, whether they'd cameo


Maureen Lee Lenker

For the original cast of West Side Story, their association and affection for the 1961 Academy Award winning film is womb to tomb.

Over 50 years since the original West Side Story screen adaptation, much of the original cast is still celebrating the film’s legacy — and weighing in on the forthcoming new version coming from Steven Spielberg. On Thursday night, Rita Moreno (Anita), Russ Tamblyn (Riff), George Chakiris (Bernardo), and Eliot Feld (Baby John) gathered at Beverly Hills’ Paley Center in honor of choreographer Jerome Robbins’ centennial. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns) was on-hand to moderate the evening, which was part of the Paley Center’s ongoing Words on Dance programming.
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Although I have expressed my opinions here on West Side Story/Live Journal regarding a re-make of the 1961 film version of West Side Story, and they're well-known, I've decided to express my opinions in a somewhat different way, with somewhat different wording:Read more...Collapse )

Oct. 4th, 2018

Before Ansel Elgort Nabbed the Lead in West Side Story, He Performed the Musical in 2007

Alexia Fernandez

Before Ansel Elgort nabbed the leading role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, he was gaining some early experience for the role.

Elgort, 24, starred in a stage production of the musical in 2007 for the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center when he was just 13, according to a photograph shared by Broadway.com.
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Who should join Ansel Elgort in the West Side Story remake? We have some ideas
With the news that the 'Baby Driver' star will be playing Tony, we have a few suggestions for the rest of the cast

Maureen Lee Lenker

There's a cast for us...
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Ansel Elgort cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story

Maureen Lee Lenker

Te Adoro, Anton Ansel! Ansel Elgort will never stop saying “Maria.”

The Baby Driver star has been cast as Tony in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, producers announced on Monday. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tony Kushner adapted the script from the original 1957 Broadway book written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. Spielberg, Kevin McCollum, and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce.
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