Sunday, May 26, 2024

Spielberg’s “West Side Story” Seeking Tonys, Marias, Anitas at Open Casting Calls Around U.S.


I didn’t realize back on January 25th that I scooped the New York Times: Steven Spielberg’s having open casting calls for his version of “West Side Story.”

He’s had one already on April 9th in Chicago. Now there are two– one in New York on April 29th and another in Orlando on May 5th. He’s looking for Tonys, Marias, Anitas and Riffs.

They’re not doing this for fun. “West Side Story” is clearly on Spielberg’s playlist coming up.

Cindy Tolan, the great casting director, has posted a notice on her Twitter account.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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