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West Side Story 2021 Official Poster.jpgWest Side Story is a romantic musical drama directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Tony Kushner. It is the second feature-length adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name. Rita Moreno who starred in the 1961 film adaptation, also served as an executive producer, alongside Tony Kushner.  The film features music composed by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Originally, I wasn’t interested in seeing a remake of West Side Story but since it is Oscar-nominated, I decided to rewatch it.  The music and acting were excellent.  It turned out to be a very good remake!

In 1957, the Jets, a gang of Italian youths, fight the Puerto Rican Sharks for control of San Juan Hill on Manhattan’s West Side. Officer Krupke (Brian d’Arcy James) and Lieutenant Schrank (Corey Stoll) break up the brief skirmish, telling both the Jets and the Sharks that their…

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