That's a good point. Also there was a brief secret b-footage of the number "Maria" and it most definitely didn't sound live on the set, so I am very confused by the "ear-piece" thing. Hopefully someone who worked on the film's sound can confirm and clarify what method was used.
Agreed, I'm seeing this movie for Spielberg's direction, Kushner's screenplay, the production/costume designs, David Newman's music supervision/arrangements, Peck's choreography, the featured cast and Zegler's debut. Plus other forums are wondering if this controversy will cause re-shoots ala Spacey replaced by Plummer, which at this point is unrealistic given the current circumstances.
I think Disney/20th Century Studios may release the film as is and &quo
David Alvarez (Bernardo) talks about his involvement with the audition and filming process of West Side Story at 39:26. He says some pretty interesting things about how the film is going to be saying that it's "Real".
So am I, I think Spielberg made the right call hiring a tremendous talent like Justin Peck to work on the choreography. Justin's work on the 2018 Carousel revival was one of the best things about it and deserved the Tony Award; also his NYC Ballet work is also pretty stunning.
I hope that the "Somewhere Ballet" makes it into the final cut.
He's said in an interview that he had the original 1957 cast recording as a kid and loved imagining what the dances would be like. I can tell that he has love and passion for this project which counts for a lot when you're doing a new film adaptation of a classic musical.
Some say that he should've done Fiddler on the Roof, but I think Spielberg doing West Side Story and Thomas Kail doing Fiddler is the right call.
This could work, I liked what the director and writer did with Fosse/Verdon and while I think the original Fiddler on The Roof film is near perfect, I wouldn't mind another film version of the musical. Also in response, I think it wasn't so much "realism" that Spielberg is going for but rather a better authentic representation to the Puerto Rican characters and with the YT footage of the film's shoot, it's telling me that with Justin Peck's
Yeah that is a pretty big bummer, but I can see why they would push it to next year so that it won't compete with and be compared to West Side Story in December. Plus this one feels right to be a summer musical.
Needless to say whenever the trailer does come, it will get people impressed/excited with what Steven Spielberg and the talented cast and crew are doing in comparison to other musical films which either didn't do anything for them or appalled them.
But then again, I seriously doubt we'll ever sink to the lows that Tom Hooper and Cats (2019) brought us to ever again. Hopefully.
There are 3 new colorful pictures of West Side Story that was posted about a few hours ago and I hope that Justin Peck's choreography is stellar and thrilling like his work on that flawed Carousel revival from 2018. Also with David Newman on the music supervision and arrangements, also Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducting, is telling me they are going all out with a huge orchestra for the score and songs.