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.
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.