Next Screening? Spielberg’s “West Side Story”

The audacity, the nerve, remaking a “classic” and all that. And in the Golden Age of Lin-Manuel Miranda, too!

But this Christmas, we’re all going to get a load of Mr. Spielberg’s take on the
Robert Wise film, Tony winner Tony Kushner’s updating of the Arthur Laurents book, a revival of Leonard Bernstein’s songs, many of which permanently entered The American Songbook.

Justin Peck of the New York City ballet gets the unenviable job of replacing Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreographer.

There’s no obvious EGOT-goat in this cast. But who knew Rita Moreno would win the Oscar, as well as take home Tony, Grammy and Emmy glories over her storied “triple threat” career?

Yes, Rita’s in this version, a lovely nod to its history.

Aside from her, the best-known members of the cast are Ansel Elgort, a baby driver singing and starring as Tony, with Ariana DeBose, Corey Stoll, David Alvarez and Brian D’Arcy James.

There’ll be no Natalie Wood, white and singer-doubled, as Maria. A Colombian American, Rachel Zegler has that life-changing role.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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