Open Casting Call for ‘West Side Story’

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An open casting call has been announced for the upcoming Steven Spielberg directed reboot of the tragic love story of a man and woman caught in between. That’s right, it’s West Side Story.   On Thursday, Cindy Tolan, the film’s casting director, posted an image of the announcement on Twitter.  The call lists Mr. Spielberg as the film’s director and Tony Kushner, the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, is listed as its writer. Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Kushner have previously collaborated on the films “Munich” and “Lincoln.”

Casting Call Details

This is an open casting call and as noted in the flyer posted on Twitter, the casting director is searching for the four main characters, Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernardo. Tony, the call says, is set to be Caucasian. Maria and Anita will be Latina. Bernardo will be Latino. All four actors should be between 15 and 25 years old. Singing ability is a must. Strong dance background is necessary as posted in an updated casting call released by the film’s producers on Friday.

To submit please send in a photo and video of yourself singing to

The original West Side Story film debuted in 1961 and was directed by  Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise. It won 10 Oscars, including for best picture. It was based on the 1957 Broadway musical written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim. Leonard Bernstein wrote the music for that show and Robbins choreographed and directed it.

Source: New York Times

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