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‘I owe an enormous debt to therapy!’ Rita Moreno on West Side Story, dating Brando and joy at 90

She overcame racism and abuse to break Hollywood, romanced Brando, dated Elvis to make him jealous, fought hard for civil rights and won an Egot. Now in her 10th decade, she is busier and happier than everRita Moreno pops up on my computer screen in a bright red hat, huge pendant necklace and tortoiseshell glasses. “Well, here I am in my full glory,” she says from her home in Berkeley, California. And glorious she sure is. Moreno is a couple of weeks short of her 90th birthday, but look at her a...
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Stephen Sondheim, Broadway Legend, Dies at 91

He is best known for his work in some of Broadway’s most enduring musicals, including West Side Story and Sweeney Todd.
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Stephen Sondheim’s Most Memorable Songs

In his 91-year life, prolific composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim crafted some of Broadway’s most iconic tunes. From “West Side Story” to “Into the Woods,” his music has stood the test of time and cemented him as a theater legend. The Broadway community paid tribute to Sondheim on Friday, with longtime collaborator Bernadette Peters writing, […]
Tags: Into The Woods, News, Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters, Broadway, Company, Sondheim, West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim: a daring and dazzling musical theatre icon

The American composer and lyricist, who has died aged 91, shaped the musical artform with his wise, witty and extravagantly clever workStephen Sondheim achieved such acclaim – for deepening the content and extending the lyrical ingenuity of musical theatre – that, from the age of 50, each major birthday was celebrated with tribute concerts in London, New York or both.Watching the composer-lyricist of Sweeney Todd and Follies at such events – taking a bow, with his wry smile – it was impossible n...
Tags: Into The Woods, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Broadway, West End, Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, London New York, West Side Story, Cole Porter Irving Berlin George, Oscar Hammerstein Continue

West Side Story Songwriter & Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Dies At 91

The illumination of ghost lights shine a bit brighter but the sounds of a little night music play a bit quieter today, as at 91 years old, Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim has passed away. One of the most important figures of 20th-century musical theater, Sondheim is considered by many to have reinvented the American musical. He provided the lyrics for iconic shows like "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," as well as the music and lyrics for a slew of classics like "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way t...
Tags: London, Movies, News, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, West End, Miranda, Hans Christian Andersen, Gypsy, Tony, Sondheim, Jonathan Larson, West Side Story, Dick Tracy, Oscar Hammerstein II, George Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim: master craftsman who reinvented the musical dies aged 91

Scoring his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, the US composer and lyricist raised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces including Follies and CompanyStephen Sondheim, the master craftsman of the American musical, has died at the age of 91.Over the course of a celebrated career spanning more than 60 years, Sondheim co-created Broadway theatre classics such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, all of which also became hit movies. His intricate and ...
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Steven Spielberg Explains Why He Had To Make West Side Story

"West Side Story" is likely to be a big hit this coming holiday season. The film premieres in theaters (and only in theaters) on December 10, 2021, and director Steven Spielberg has spoken about why he felt compelled to do this film. If you're not familiar with what we're getting in this version of "West Side Story," here is the info for you: Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, "West Side Story" tells the cl...
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Everything We Know About The Live-Action Snow White Remake So Far

For over 25 years now, Disney has been steadily churning out live-action remakes of its classic back catalog, with patchy and often dispiriting results. I'm going to come right out and say it — I have hated every single one I've seen so far. It's not in some bitter "Disney ate my childhood" kind of way, because I wasn't a huge fan of Disney movies even as a kid, apart from "Pinocchio" and "Aladdin." It's because they're all so flat and soulless, and no amount of expensive CG can replicate the im...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Robin Williams, Disney, Netflix, Johnny Depp, Snow White, Greta Gerwig, Glenn Close, Disneyland, Andrew Garfield, Cate Blanchett, Spielberg, Ewan McGregor, Maria, Cleopatra

West Side Story Featurette: Something's Coming

Could it be? Yes, it could. Somethin's comin', somethin' good ... if I can wait. This new featurette makes that last part seriously tricky, though. The release date for Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" is fast approaching — that's December 10, 2021, FYI — and now, just to make the wait that much harder for the rest of us, we have this lovely featurette. It's only a few minutes long, but it offers some beautiful behind-the-scenes looks at the production, including watching the cast tearfully ...
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Movies Like La La Land You Really Need To Check Out

Damien Chazelle's third feature film, "La La Land," was a surprise to everybody, from critics to the audience, when it came out in 2016. Chazelle had never directed a mainstream musical before, and yet there he was, delivering what is now considered a masterpiece of the genre. "La La Land" follows two young artists in Los Angeles desperate for their big break: aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). While their first meeting puts them at odds with each other,...
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Tick, Tick... BOOM! Writer Steven Levenson Updates Us On His Fiddler On The Roof Remake [Exclusive]

Norman Jewison's 1971 film adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, and there's a remake on the way, written by Steven Levenson. It's been quite a year for Levenson; first, he saw his screenplay for "Dear Evan Hansen," based on the musical he co-wrote, make it to the big screen. Now, he has another movie, the Andrew Garfield-led "Tick, Tick... Boom!" in theaters and coming to Netflix later this week."Tick, Tick... Boom!" has scored po...
Tags: Movies, News, Netflix, Andrew Garfield, Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Larson, West Side Story, Bob Fosse, EVAN HANSEN, Steven Levenson, Levenson, Norman Jewison, Tommy Kail, Fosse Verdon, Shania Russell, Cabaret Tick Tick Boom

This West Side Story Teaser Wants To Pretend This Movie Isn't A Musical For Some Reason

When you think of "West Side Story," the first thing that probably pops into your mind are the extravagant musical numbers, the spectacle of colors, the romance and passion between the young couple at the center of this forbidden love story. The upcoming Steven Spielberg remake has treated all of that as a central focus in the footage we've seen so far ... until this amusing black sheep of a television spot, that is. Even the behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the film we recently showed you made s...
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Disney's Live-Action Snow White Has Found Its Gal ... Gadot, That Is, As The Evil Queen

DC's very own Wonder Woman is breaking away from the realm of the good and diving into the role of one of the most famous villains of all time; the vain, conniving, and beyond fascinating Evil Queen. While her role in the upcoming live-action "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" hasn't been completely locked down, The Hollywood Reporter states that she's in the final negotiation stage to don the gold crown and purple eyeshadow and complete her heel turn (I know Gadot is just playing a villain and ...
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Gal Gadot Joins Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Live-Action Remake as Evil Queen

Gal Gadot is in final negotiations to portray the Evil Queen in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Snow White,” a source close to the project confirmed to Variety. Gadot will star opposite “West Side Story” breakout Rachel Zegler, who was cast as the classic princess in June. Since Gadot is primarily known for her heroic […]
Tags: News, Disney, Snow White, Gal Gadot, West Side Story, Gadot, Rachel Zegler

Gal Gadot Joins Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Remake as Evil Queen

Gal Gadot is in final negotiations to portray the Evil Queen in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Snow White,” a source close to the project confirmed to Variety. Gadot will star opposite “West Side Story” breakout Rachel Zegler, who was cast as the classic princess in June. Since Gadot is primarily known for her heroic […]
Tags: News, Disney, Snow White, Gal Gadot, West Side Story, Gadot, Rachel Zegler

10 new movies over the holidays you can't miss, from 'West Side Story' to new 'Spider-Man'

Santa's bringing all sorts of cinematic gifts this season. Here are 10 must-see movies, including 'Matrix Resurrections' and a 'Ghostbusters' sequel.        [Author: USA TODAY]
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20 Greatest Movie Musical Songs Ranked

There's nothing like a good movie musical number. The combination of music, dance, and narrative thrust build something vibrant and alive in a way that, when done well, reflects cinematic storytelling in its purest form. Characters are given permission to express their emotions in ways that they are frequently unable to do: song frees them from the strictures of polite conversation, and lyrics capture their true feelings where dialogue often falls short. And what's fascinating is that although t...
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Slow & Simple

As part of Engaging Matters’ 10th Anniversary, we are highlighting important and/or popular posts from the past. In reviewing such posts it became clear that many were grouped thematically. As a result, this Anniversary series will, for the most part, present the theme with links to relevant posts rather than simply re-posting individual items. One of the most important elements of effective community engagement is understanding that any programming must wait until the relationship with ...
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West Side Story at 60: the dazzlingly modern musical that’ll be hard to beat

With Steven Spielberg’s remake almost out, the 1961 original still feels thrillingly contemporary, a tough act to followIt’s the opening credits that do it right away. Following three eerie whistles over a black screen, West Side Story explodes into a full screen of poster-paint colour – shifting from orange to red to magenta to royal blue – as Leonard Bernstein’s four-minute overture brassily clatters into action. Over the colour, a stark design flourish: seemingly random brigades of parallel v...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Musicals, Film, New York City, Culture, Manhattan, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Saul Bass, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, United Artists, Otto Preminger

10 Amazing Musicals That Deserve Movie Adaptations

2021 has been a banner year for film musicals, with movies that tell original stories, adapt famous Broadway classics, and reimagine beloved favorites from new perspectives. Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of "West Side Story" isn't the first time that Stephen Sondheim's tragic love story has been adapted to the big screen, as the beloved 1961 feature from Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise is a best picture-winning classic in its own right. However, Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner lo...
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It's Life.

When I write Director's Notes for the program, for each of our shows, I always try to imagine what about this particular show might be the most challenging for the audience to understand or key into. We often do very smart, unconventional, complex shows that demand a lot from our audience. Then again, Life itself is quite often challenging and complex and demands a lot from us. Art reflects Life,, right? We often do very confrontational shows, sometimes very vulgar or intentionally offensive sh...
Tags: Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Alvin, Story Of My Life, Maria, Broadway Musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tom, Tony, Rodgers, Brad, Hammerstein, Janet, Jerry Springer

Matthew Vaughn’s New Star-Studded Spy Film Argylle Begins Production

Production on Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn’s newest spy film Argylle has officially begun in Europe. The filming start also comes with the addition of Tony Award-nominated actress Ariana DeBose, who has signed on to join Henry Cavill, and John Cena, the star-studded project. DeBose will also next be seen in Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited film adaptation of the West Side Story. “We have assembled an absolutely stellar cast to inhabit each of the wonderfully original and captivating character...
Tags: Europe, London, Movies, America, Action, Henry Cavill, Samuel L Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Deadline, Bryan Cranston, John Cena, Kingsman, Sam Rockwell, West Side Story, Vaughn, Dua Lipa

Rita Moreno on ‘West Side Story,’ Turning 90 and Why She Will Never Retire

For the 2021 Power of Women issue, Variety spoke with several women in the entertainment industry who are using their voices to benefit worthy causes. For more, click here. Rita Moreno may be turning 90 in December, but the actor dreads the thought of being typecast as a woman over a certain age. “Why should […]
Tags: News, Steven Spielberg, Rita Moreno, West Side Story, Power Of Women, Power of Women issue Variety

The best movie musicals of 2021, ranked (including 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Cinderella')

Between "In the Heights" and the "West Side Story" remake, we could be in another golden age of movie musicals. Here's where "Dear Evan Hansen" ranks.        [Author: USA TODAY]
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'Shang-Chi' is set to pass 'Black Widow' as the biggest movie in the US this year

Simu Liu plays Shang-Chi. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Shang-Chi" will likely surpass "Black Widow" as the highest-grossing film of the year in the US on Friday. It's a big win for theaters as the movie has a 45-day exclusive theatrical window. "Shang-Chi" has yet to be approved in China, which has hindered its global box office. See more stories on Insider's business page. Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" will soon be the highest-grossing movie at t...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Media, Entertainment, China, Disney, US, Trends, Nato, Black Widow, Box Office, Marvel Studios, Steven Spielberg, Comscore, Marvel Cinematic Universe, West Side Story

Shazam! Fury Of The Gods: Release Date, Cast, And More

(Welcome to ...And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.)"Shazam!" took a lot of people by surprise when it hit theaters in 2019. It felt like the wildcard superhero movie in a year jam-packed with huge superhero movies, with everything from "Avengers: Endgame" to "Joker." But director David F. Sandberg managed to craft a charming and unique entry into the genre that won over the heart...
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Maddie Ziegler on Working With Steven Spielberg on ‘West Side Story’ and the 10-Year Anniversary of ‘Dance Moms’

As she slowly awakens from the “dream” of working with director Steven Spielberg on “West Side Story,” Maddie Ziegler is teasing some of the upcoming musical’s standout scenes, including the iconic “Dance at the Gym” number.  The “Dance Moms” alum stars as Velma in Spielberg’s film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, about two teenagers (played […]
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West Side Story Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Prefers Spielberg's Movie To The Original

Stephen Sondheim is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in all of 20th century musical theatre. The man is responsible for monumentally influential pieces like "Into the Woods," "Gypsy," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Company," "Merrily We Roll Along," "Assassins," and perhaps his lyrical magnum opus, "West Side Story."Sondheim wrote the lyrics for the original Broadway production of "West Side Story" (with a book by Arthur Laurents and music by Leonard Bernstein) a...
Tags: Movies, News, Stephen Colbert, Munich, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Lincoln, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Rita Moreno, Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Tony Kushner

West Side Story Trailer Breakdown: See How Spielberg's Remake Compares To The Original

Steven Spielberg, arguably the greatest filmmaker alive today, is taking on a fascinating challenge for his next project: he's remaking a classic. A new trailer for his version of "West Side Story" dropped this morning, so let's take a closer look and compare and contrast some of Spielberg's choices with those of director Robert Wise, who helmed the original 1961 movie. Maria's Apartment From the first shots of the trailer, you can see some of the aesthetic changes Spielberg and production desig...
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Watch trailer For Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of West Side Story

Fifty years after the release of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' film adaptation of the Jerome Robbins' stage musical, West Side Story, Steven Spielberg is giving it a go. The new version will feature the original songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Musicals, News, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise