Published a video clip of West Side Story, a new film by Steven Spielberg. The famous director proposes his version of the musical of the same name, whose fame is global. As many are well aware, the protagonists of the story are Tony and Maria, teenagers linked to two gangs in New York. When they first meet, however, something snaps into them. Love at first sight that will make their life very complex.
The musical, which proposes this modern version of Romeo and Juliet, was already adapted to the cinema in 1961. The play, by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, won six Tony Awards and is one of the icons of Broadway. The screenplay is written by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner Tony Kushner. The film will arrive in Italian cinemas on December 23, 2021.
Here’s the cast:
Ansel Elgort: Tony
Rachel Zegler: Maria
Maddie Ziegler: Jet Girl
· Rita Moreno: Valentina
Corey Stoll: Schrank
Brian d’Arcy James: Sergeant Krupke
Ana Isabelle: Rosalia
Mike Faist: Riff
David Alvarez: Bernardo
The plot of the 1961 musical
Inspired by William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is the tale of a love story. The protagonists are Tony and Maria, two young people from New York’s Upper West Side who fall in love despite being part of two rival gangs. Tony in fact belongs to the Jets, while on the other side there are the Sharks, to which Maria belongs. The gangs divide the territory and there is no possibility that these groups can accept the love relationship between the two. Despite the clear difficulties in reconciling their love, the protagonists dream of a better future together.
Their love story, however, falls when Tony kills Bernardo, Maria’s brother, in a fight. The Sharks swear revenge and decide to kill Tony. The two lovers have no choice but to escape before it’s too late.