News West Side Story: IN PRE-PRODUCTION

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A remake of the 1961 film about rival gangs in New York City.



 
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Gavin

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The role requires a decent singing voice while dancing experience is seen as a big plus.
I'm sorry, but for a musical (even if it is a movie) the roles require an excellent singing voice and dancing experience is absolutely vital.
 

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Casting Call For Spielberg’s “West Side Story”


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20th Century Fox is holding an open casting call in New York City for the lead roles in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” a new film version of the Broadway musical.

Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the 1957 musical originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein.

Casting directors are looking to fill the lead roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Tony and Riff. Maria and Anita are Latina, Bernardo is Latino, and Tony and Riff are Caucasian.

Those auditioning should be between 15 and 25 years old, must be able to sing, and a strong dance background is required. Casting call information is as follows:

Sunday, April 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 9:00 a.m.)
Julia De Burgos Performance and Arts Center
1680 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Please prepare a short cut (16 bars) of a classic musical theatre song and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Please also bring a recent photo and resume with contact information stapled back-to-back to leave behind.

If you cannot attend this open call, please email a video of yourself singing with your headshot, resume and contact information to westsidestorycastingsearch@gmail.com.
 

Doctor Omega

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It will be embarrassing if Warren and Faye fuck up the winner announcement again - and poor Mad-Pac spends half an hour doing a thankyou speech before the truth is revealed that we weren't even nominated. :emoji_head_bandage:
 

Gavin

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It will be embarrassing if Warren and Faye fuck up the winner announcement again - and poor Mad-Pac spends half an hour doing a thankyou speech before the truth is revealed that we weren't even nominated. :emoji_head_bandage:
If that happens, take the trophy and run. None of this "giving it back to the rightful winner" shit!
 

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Dancers Sought For Spielberg’s “West Side Story”


Steven Spielberg’s remake of the classic musical “West Side Story” is reportedly looking to cast dancers ages 15-25 to be part of both The Sharks and The Jets, two rival gangs with a bitter rivalry.

The casting will take place in New York City tomorrow (Tuesday September 11th) with a 9-10:30am sign-in for men, and 1-2:30pm sign-in for women – both at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy at 29 Jay Street in Brooklyn. Those attending must:

“Come warmed up and ready to dance in the proper attire and shoes. Men should wear comfortable movement clothes and bring jazz shoes or sneakers. Women should wear comfortable movement clothes and bring heels, ballet or jazz flats, and a rehearsal skirt.

In addition, please prepare a shortcut (16 bars) of a classic musical theatre song and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Please also bring a recent photo and resume with contact information stapled back-to-back to leave behind. We will be seeing talent on a first come, first served basis to learn a dance combination.

If you cannot attend this open call, please email a video of yourself singing with your headshot, resume and contact information to westsidestorycastingsearch@gmail.com.”

An initial casting call went out in New York City several months ago for the new film which Tony Kushner is adapting from the original Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical.

There will also be a casting call in Puerto Rico on Thursday, September 27th and in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 9th. Full details are up at Vital Thrills.
 

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Ansel Elgort To Lead “West Side Story”


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Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver,” “The Fault in Our Stars”) has been cast in the lead role of Tony in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway musical “West Side Story” at 20th Century Fox. Shooting begins next Summer.

The story centers on the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs. Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner has penned the revival of the Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim 1957 musical which starred Larry Kert in the Tony role in the original Broadway run and Richard Beymer in the 1961 film.

Producers have auditioned thousands of actors and dancers in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico in recent months for the remake which Spielberg, Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce.



 

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“West Side Story” Has Set Several Roles


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Seventeen-year-old newcomer Rachel Zegler has scored the lead role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming remake of the iconic musical “West Side Story”.

Zegler will star opposite Ansel Elgort, who is portraying Jets co-founder Tony in the adaptation. Three other latino and latina actors have also been cast as key members of the Sharks: David Alvarez as Maria’s brother Bernardo, Ariana DeBose as Anita, and Josh Andres Rivera as Chino.

They join the previously announced Rita Moreno, who originally played Anita in the 1961 film and here plays Valentina, a reimagined version of Tony’s boss, Doc. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner wrote the new script for the remake which is expected to begin filming in the Summer.



 

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Stoll, James Join Spielberg’s “West Side Story”


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Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “First Man”) and Brian d’Arcy James (“Spotlight,” “Molly’s Game”) have joined Steven Spielberg’s new film adaptation of classic musical “West Side Story”.


Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler star as star-crossed lovers Tony, a former member of a white gang known as The Jets, and Maria, the younger sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang The Sharks.

Stoll will play Lieutenant Schrank, a New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially divided precinct. dʼArcy James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of the Sharks and the Jets.

The group join the already cast Rita Moreno (Valentina), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo) and Josh Andres Rivera (Chino). The project is based on the original 1957 Broadway musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins.
 
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