Steven Spielberg starts shooting West Side Story in Harlem

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Steven Spielberg is pictured in Harlem on Saturday shooting the second film of the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story.

The show was first adapted into a 1961 movie that became a massive box office smash and won 10 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture.

Snaps - Version - Mike - Faist - Riff

In on-set snaps from the new version, Mike Faist as Riff was seen leading his New York street gang in their introductory number The Jet Song.

With a book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by newbie Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, the original show was adapted from Romeo And Juliet.

Place - Capulet - Montague - Families - Plot

In place of the Capulet and Montague families, the plot concerns a conflict between rival gangs, the Puerto Rican Sharks and the white Jets.

'When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette, to your last dyin' day,' Riff explains at the start of the song being filmed this weekend.

Romeo - Character - Tony - Member - Jets

The Romeo character Tony is a member of the Jets, while his Juliet, Maria, is the younger sister of the head of the Sharks.

Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler have been cast respectively as Tony and Maria in a cast that includes Broadway veteran Ariana DeBose as the leading lady's pal Anita.

Mike - Great - White - Way - Fixture

Mike is also a Great White Way fixture who earned a Tony nomination for his supporting role in the 2016 musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the original 1961 film of West Side Story, has been brought back in a different part for the Spielberg version.

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