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Having a ball: Steven Spielberg could catch a glimpse at Harlem on Saturday while recording the second film of the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story
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Steven Spielberg will be in Harlem on Saturday to record the second film of the Broadway musical West Side Story from 1957.

The show was adapted for the first time in a 1961 film that became a huge smash in the checkout group and won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.

In mounted snaps of the new version, Mike Faist as Riff was seen leading his New York street gang in their introductory song The Jet Song.

Having a ball: Steven Spielberg could catch a glimpse at Harlem on Saturday while recording the second film of the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story

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Having a ball: Steven Spielberg could catch a glimpse at Harlem on Saturday while recording the second film of the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story

With a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by newbie Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, the original show by Romeo And Juliet was adapted.

Instead of the Capulet and Montague families, it is a conflict between rival gangs, the Puerto Rican sharks and the white jets.

& # 39; If you are a Jet, you are completely Jet, from your first cigarette to your last dyin day & # 39 ;, Riff explains at the start of the song being filmed this weekend.

The Romeo character Tony is a member of the Jets, while his Julia, Maria, is the younger sister of the head of the Sharks.

Big shoes to fill in: the show was first modified in a 1961 film that became a massive cash register and won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture
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Big shoes to fill in: the show was first modified in a 1961 film that became a massive cash register and won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture

Big shoes to fill in: the show was first modified in a 1961 film that became a massive cash register and won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture

Opening: In mounted snaps of the new version, Mike Faist as Riff (center) was seen leading his New York street gang in their introductory song The Jet Song

Opening: In mounted snaps of the new version, Mike Faist as Riff (center) was seen leading his New York street gang in their introductory song The Jet Song

Opening: In mounted snaps of the new version, Mike Faist as Riff (center) was seen leading his New York street gang in their introductory song The Jet Song

Starting point: with a book by Arthur Laurents, texts by newbie Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, the original show by Romeo and Juliet was adapted

Starting point: with a book by Arthur Laurents, texts by newbie Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, the original show by Romeo and Juliet was adapted

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Starting point: with a book by Arthur Laurents, texts by newbie Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, the original show by Romeo and Juliet was adapted

Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler were respectively cast as Tony and Maria in a cast in which the veteran Ariana DeBose of Broadway sits as Anita's best friend.

Mike is also a Great White Way fixture that earned a Tony nomination for his supporting role in the 2016 musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the original 1961 film from West Side Story, has been reduced to another section for the Spielberg version.

Her new character Valentina is an updated version of the character Doc from the scene and the original screen version, Deadline reported last year.

Update: instead of the Capulet and Montague families, there is a conflict between rival gangs, Puerto Rican sharks and white jets
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Update: instead of the Capulet and Montague families, there is a conflict between rival gangs, Puerto Rican sharks and white jets

Update: instead of the Capulet and Montague families, there is a conflict between rival gangs, Puerto Rican sharks and white jets

& # 39; You & # 39; re never alone & # 39 ;: & # 39; If you are a Jet, you are a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dyin & # 39; day & # 39 ;, Riff explains at the start of the song being filmed this weekend

& # 39; You & # 39; re never alone & # 39 ;: & # 39; If you are a Jet, you are a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dyin & # 39; day & # 39 ;, Riff explains at the start of the song being filmed this weekend

& # 39; You & # 39; re never alone & # 39 ;: & # 39; If you are a Jet, you are a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dyin & # 39; day & # 39 ;, Riff explains at the start of the song being filmed this weekend

In the 1961 stage version and film, Tony works in a drugstore from Doc – whose role has been extended to that of Valentina.

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The famous talented and difficult Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the original Broadway production, which led to considerable success in the 1950s.

In the new snaps of the Spielberg version, the choreography has echoes of the dance floods of Jet Song from the Broadway production from 1957 and the first film.

Dab hand: Mike is also a Great White Way fixture that earned a Tony nomination for his supporting role in the 2016 musical Dear Evan Hansen

Dab hand: Mike is also a Great White Way fixture that earned a Tony nomination for his supporting role in the 2016 musical Dear Evan Hansen

Dab hand: Mike is also a Great White Way fixture that earned a Tony nomination for his supporting role in the 2016 musical Dear Evan Hansen

Echoes of Jerry: Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the original Broadway production, the dance films of which were similar to the new version filmed Saturday

Echoes of Jerry: Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the original Broadway production, the dance films of which were similar to the new version filmed Saturday

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Echoes of Jerry: Jerome Robbins directed and choreographed the original Broadway production, the dance films of which were similar to the new version filmed Saturday

The 1961 film was co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome, the latter of whom was appointed to control the musical numbers, but fired during production.

Carol Lawrence, the original Mary of Broadway, told NPR that Jerry Robbins brought this Method-acting technique to the show where he deliberately tried to bring about animosity, antagonism, between the two opposite gangs, both on stage and off stage. They were not allowed to eat together. They would not socialize. & # 39;

Stephen, who worked with Jerry more than once, described him as & # 39; very unpleasant, paranoid, suspicious & # 39; across the New York Times in 2000, two years after Jerry & # 39; s death.

Predecessors: the 1961 film was co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome, the latter of whom was appointed to control the musical songs, but fired during production

Predecessors: the 1961 film was co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome, the latter of whom was appointed to control the musical songs, but fired during production

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Predecessors: the 1961 film was co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome, the latter of whom was appointed to control the musical songs, but fired during production

& # 39; I can't even say I miss Jerry – I miss Jerry's impact on shows & # 39 ;, he bluntly told former theater critic Frank Rich.

The stage run of West Side Story did reasonably well commercially, but it was the success of the film that gave the material its current cachet.

Natalie Wood played Maria, with Marni Nixon who dubbed singing, while Richard Beymer played Tony, with Jimmy Bryant who sang the role.

Who's who: Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler were cast as Tony and Maria respectively in a cast that included Broadway's veteran, Ariana DeBose, as Anita (no photo)

Who's who: Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler were cast as Tony and Maria respectively in a cast that included Broadway's veteran, Ariana DeBose, as Anita (no photo)

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Who's who: Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler were cast as Tony and Maria respectively in a cast that included Broadway's veteran, Ariana DeBose, as Anita (no photo)

Triumphal return: Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the original 1961 film from West Side Story, has been reduced to another part for the Spielberg version

Triumphal return: Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the original 1961 film from West Side Story, has been reduced to another part for the Spielberg version

Triumphal return: Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the original 1961 film from West Side Story, has been reduced to another part for the Spielberg version

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