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'West Side Story' Broadway Revival Will Cut Two Beloved Songs

The classic musical West Side Story is coming back to Broadway next month, but it’s going to be a very different version than the one you know.

Director Ivo Van Hove, who won the Tony Award for his recent revival of the play A View From the Bridge and just directed Network on Broadway, is re-imagining the show for the 21st century.

“When I listened to it again, when I read it again, I discovered this very brutal world, a divided world where people search for unity by exclusion of the other—the person who is not like you,” van Hove told Vogue. “It seemed as if it were written yesterday. So that’s our aspiration: to make a West Side Story for the 21st century.”

The show has been trimmed to be performed without an intermission and that means that some songs have been cut. The revival will not feature the “Somewhere” ballet or “I Feel Pretty” and the cuts have been approved by the creators’ estates.

Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for the musical’s score, has said he was uncomfortable with some of the lyrics in “I Feel Pretty,” so he likely is okay with the cut too!

West Side Story will star Isaac Powell and newcomer Shereen Pimentel. Preview performances begin on December 10 ahead of an opening night on February 6.

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Rachel Zegler Takes Twitter Break After Ansel Elgort Fans Call Her a 'Homewrecker'

Rachel Zegler, the young actress who is playing Maria in the West Side Story movie, announced she’s taking a break from Twitter after she was treated poorly by trolls on the social media app.

The 18-year-old actress previously tweeted about “falling in love” with Ansel on-screen on the day the film wrapped last week.

“There really aren’t enough words to describe the pride I have in Ansel‘s growth and beauty and literal magic he possesses on screen and off. Falling in love with him was easy. Happy wrap mi amor; catch ya on a fire escape sometime soon,” Rachel tweeted on September 27. The tweet has since been deleted.

Since that tweet, Ansel publicly commented on how he wants to find love with people other than his girlfriend, though he’s not looking for anything sexual with anyone else. Fans have been calling Rachel a “homewrecker” and sending her inappropriate DMs, which caused her to speak out.

“the fact that i have to say something is absolutely absurd. but the DMs and the name-calling and throwing around the word homewrecker over me expressing genuine love i have for my coworker is heartbreaking and i don’t want any part of it. so peace for now, i guess. be nice,” Rachel tweeted on Thursday night (October 3). The message was deleted soon after.

One message of Rachel‘s that is still up reads, “the internet has made me upset so goodbye for a bit be nice to each other.”

Bullying of any form is unacceptable and we want to remind our readers that celebrities are people too. Be kind to everyone!

Rachel Zegler Finally Spotted on 'West Side Story' Movie Set!

Rachel Zegler is playing the role of Maria in the West Side Story movie remake and she was finally spotted on set!

The 18-year-old actress, who just graduated from high school, wore a blue dress while filming a scene on Sunday night (August 4) in New York City.

Rachel was joined by co-star Mike Faist and the rest of the Jets, as well as their director Steven Spielberg, while shooting outside of a fake subway station.

This is the first professional project for Rachel, who was discovered during an open casting call for the film!

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Ariana DeBose & David Alvarez Hit the Streets for 'West Side Story' Dance Scene!

Ariana DeBose & David Alvarez are hard at work on West Side Story!

The co-stars hit the streets for another dance scene on Saturday afternoon (July 27) in Harlem, New York.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ariana DeBose

For the scene, Ariana, who is playing Anita, donned a stunning yellow dress with a red underskirt. Meanwhile, David, who is portraying Bernardo, got into character in a black polo and beige pants.

Earlier this week, the film’s lead Ansel Elgort filmed a late-night scene with director Steven Spielberg.

West Side Story is set to hit theaters on December 18, 2020.

10+ pictures inside of Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez on set…More Here! »

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Ansel Elgort Hits the Streets While Filming 'West Side Story'

Ansel Elgort strolls down the street as he filmed a scene for West Side Story on Wednesday night (July 24) in New York City.

The 25-year-old actor, who will play Tony in the movie, sported a white dress shirt and tan trousers as he spent the night filming with director Steven Spielberg.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ansel Elgort

The night before, Ansel was joined on set by co-star Mike Faist for another late night filming.

Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita, was spotted filming a colorful musical dance scene just a few days ago, too.

West Side Story
is set to hit theaters on December 18th, 2020.

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Ariana DeBose & David Alvarez Film 'West Side Story's Iconic 'America' Scene

Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez are working on an iconic moment from West Side Story!

The co-stars were seen while shooting the film’s “America” scene on Friday afternoon (July 19) in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ariana DeBose

For the scene, Ariana, who is playing Anita, donned a stunning yellow dress with a red underskirt. Meanwhile, David, who is portraying Bernardo, got into character in a black polo and beige pants.

After a dramatic dance routine, the on-screen couple shared a kiss at the end of the scene.

Earlier in the month, we also got our first look at Mike Faist playing Riff while filming the “Jet Song” with his co-stars.

West Side Story will hit theaters on December 18, 2020.

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