Spielberg’s West Side Story casting call in New York
Twentieth Century Fox is having an open casting call in New York City for the lead roles in West Side Story, a new film version of the Broadway musical to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner has written the adaptation of the 1957 musical originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein. Learn more about the West Side Story casting call in New York below!
Casting directors are looking to fill the lead roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Tony and Riff. Maria and Anita are Latina, Bernardo is Latino, and Tony and Riff are Caucasian. Those auditioning should be between 15 and 25 years old. They must be able to sing, and a strong dance background is required.
Casting call information is as follows:
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Sign-in begins at 9:00 a.m. Please prepare a short cut (16 bars) of a classic musical theatre song and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Please also bring a recent photo and resume with contact information stapled back-to-back to leave behind. If you cannot attend this open call, please email a video of yourself singing with your headshot, resume and contact information to [email protected]
There will also be a casting call in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Contacts: Kristin Stark (Amblin Partners) 818-733-9685
Robert Wise’s 1961 film of West Side Story earned ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Before it arrived on the big screen, West Side Story was a hit on Broadway, opening in 1957 with a book by Arthur Laurents and music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Itself a reinterpreation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” West Side Story follows two star-crossed lovers in the form of Tony and Maria (played on the screen by Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood).