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October 14th, 2018

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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