Tony Kushner to Discuss Work on New West Side Story Film at Bard

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The Angels in America playwright is developing a new screenplay for West Side Story with director Steven Spielberg.
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Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner will join theatre scholar Alisa Solomon at Bard College April 20 at 7:30 PM for a conversation about the legacy of composer Leonard Bernstein.

Kushner, whose landmark drama Angels in America has just returned to Broadway, is collaborating with director Steven Spielberg on a new film adaptation of Bernstein’s West Side Story, which premiered on Broadway in 1957. The 1961 film adaptation was awarded 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Kushner will reflect on his own relationship with Bernstein's music, and how it shaped his work on the upcoming West Side Story remake.

Read: STEVEN SPIELBERG AND TONY KUSHNER WEST SIDE STORY REMAKE ISSUES CASTING CALL

The new film began its search for actors to play Maria, Tony, Anita, and Bernardo in January. The classic has music by Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the libretto by Arthur Laurents.

The conversation is presented as part of the worldwide Bernstein centenary celebration.

Tickets are $25. Click here to purchase. The talk will take place at the Fisher Center, located on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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