Sondheim Thought Spielberg Would Do ‘West Side Story’ The Right Way

Director Steven Spielberg and Rita Moreno as Valentina on the set of 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the theater world lost one of its legends: Stephen Sondheim. During a career that spanned eight decades, the much-heralded composer and lyricist won eight Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award), eight Grammy Awards, and an Oscar. Ironically, though, one of his best-known and most enduring works was never nominated for any kind of major award. But West Side Story, with Sondheim as the lyricist for its memorable soundtrack, is getting a unique honor — a remake by Steven Spielberg. Unfortunately, Sondheim’s death came just two weeks before the movie will open in theaters, but he was certainly aware of the project. He said that he’d talked to Spielberg about the project and, based on the exceptional amount of passion Spielberg displayed, Sondheim thinks the movie will be great. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)


West Side Story opens in theaters this Friday.

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