Transfer over, Bloods and Crips — the Sharks and the Jets have taken over Harlem.
The display screen remake of “West Facet Story” stuffed an uptown Manhattan avenue with singing and dancing on Saturday, presided over by a smiling, Hawaiian-shirt-clad Steven Spielberg.
East 131st Avenue between Fifth and Lenox — 10 years in the past a infamous drug grocery store — was remodeled into the leaping and stomping floor for Keds- and suspenders-wearing 1950s-era hooligans.
As first revealed by Web page Six, Spielberg is in Harlem filming a number of of the dance scenes for the long-lasting masterpiece.
With music by the good Leonard Bernstein, e-book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by a then-young Stephen Sondheim, West Facet Story took Broadway by storm in 1957.
It was made right into a traditional film in 1961.
Rita Moreno, who received an Oscar for the function of Anita within the film, will seem within the remake as “Valentina,” a reworked model of the character “Doc,” the proprietor of the nook retailer the place “Tony” works.
Moreno may also function govt producer.
The story follows Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) as star-crossed sweethearts linked to rival gangs, and who’re based mostly on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Tony Kushner of “Angels in America” fame tailored the script.
Choreographer Justin Peck, (“Carousel”) is reimagining the then-innovative dance strikes of Jerome Robbins.
Gustavo Dudamel of the L.A. Philharmonic will conduct Bernstein’s sweeping rating, and prolific musical theater composer and arranger Jeanine Tesori is serving as vocal coach.
A decade in the past, the identical neighborhood now overtaken by Jets and Sharks was infested with gangs with names like “Broad Day Shooters,” “Gun Clappin Goonies” and “Cash Stackin Excessive.”
Currently, although, East 131 Avenue has welcomed luxurious condominiums, fancy cafes and eating places.
“West Facet Story” is about to be launched by Walt Studios Movement Photos and display screen in theaters nationwide Dec. 18, 2020.