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Steven Spielberg to Direct 'West Side Story' Remake

Steven Spielberg is taking on "West Side Story" with Justin Peck joining the production team as the choreographer for the new film version of the Broadway musical “West Side Story,” to be directed by Steven Spielberg. 

Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner is writing the adaptation of the 1957 musical originally written by Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard Bernstein, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Peck is the Resident Choreographer and soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet and won a Tony Award in 2018 for his choreography in the Broadway revival of “Carousel.” He began choreographing in 2009 at the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2014, after the creation of his acclaimed ballet “Everywhere We Go,” he was appointed as Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. He is the second person in the institution’s history to hold this title.

Peck choreographed the 2018 Broadway revival of “Carousel.” The production was directed by Jack O'Brien and stars Jesse Meuller, Joshua Henry & Renée Fleming.  

Peck has danced the role of Bernardo in Robbins’ ballet “West Side Story Suite” and this past spring he choreographed a Leonard Bernstein piece, “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs,” for the New York City Ballet.

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