Wednesday, January 31

Casting call for Spielberg's West Side Story

It is now confirmed that Steven Spielberg is to direct a new version of West Side Story, adapted by Tony Kushner (Angels in America), featuring the show's original music. Spielberg hasn't yet directed a musical nut  did have an on-screen role in the film adaptation of The Blues Brothers. His current film, The Post, stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

Open auditions have been announced with  Spielberg explicitly asking for performers between the ages of 15 and 25 to fill the main roles of Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernando.

Set in 1950s New York, the classic musical tells of the gang rivalry between the New York Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. It is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features classic numbers including "I Feel Pretty", "Something's Coming", "America", "Cool" and "Tonight". It has music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins.The original film came out in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. It went on to win ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

A release date for the film is yet to be confirmed, but anyone keen to audition should email

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