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WEST SIDE STORY
June 1, 2019  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

In 1961, Rita Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Anita in this seminal screen musical. This summer in New York, a new version of West Side Story is being filmed – by director Steven Spielberg, with the participation of Stephen Sondheim (who told me about it approvingly and excitedly a year ago) and a revised story by Tony Kushner. And there’s a part in this new film, all these years later, for Rita Moreno. She’s playing Valentina, a new character created by Kushner, a female replacement for Doc, who ran what used to be the West Side soda shop and corner store where Tony worked. So this time, no singing – unless Sondheim is writing a new number especially for her, which isn’t completely out of the question… and eventually, when the movie remake is released, we’ll find out what’s up, Doc…

 
 
 
 
 
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