Stephen Sondheim: America’s Greatest Living Writer

Stephen Sondheim: America’s Greatest Living Writer

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There are many virtuoso musical writers and performers in the United States. The most successful and long-standing artists are the ones that have the ability to adapt and possess well-established careers that have been able to cross over and interconnect people throughout many decades and generations. One of those artists happens to be one of the most prominent lyricists and musicians in theatre: Stephen Sondheim. He will be turning ninety-one this month, on March 22nd to be exact. Some of the most beloved musicals that he has written and composed would be Into the Woods, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd: …

First Look at the Cast of Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

First Look at the Cast of Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story has gone into production. Featuring a cast of newcomers alongside established actors, it follows rival gangs, The Jets and The Sharks, who butt heads when the sister of The Sharks’ leader, Maria, falls in love with the friend of The Jets’ leader, Tony.     20th Century Fox released the first official cast photo. Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) are in the middle, with the Jets on the left and The Sharks on the right.     The critically acclaimed Broadway musical was originally adapted into the 1961 film, starring Natalie …

Steven Spielberg’s Anticipated ‘West Side Story’ Remake Has Found Its Maria

Steven Spielberg’s Anticipated ‘West Side Story’ Remake Has Found Its Maria

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A fresh new face will be playing a classic role in Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 musical West Side Story. Image Via Variety   The role of Maria, the titular love interest of the story, will be played by newcomer Rachel Zegler in her first film role. Zegler was one of 30,000 Latina actresses to audition for the role of Maria.   Zegler has stated that she is honored to play the role of Maria in a film, having previously portrayed her in a school play.   “West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a …