The New "West Side Story" Movie Is Looking for Maria

Josefina Scaglione as Maria (with Jeremy Jordan as Tony) in the 2008 Broadway revival of "West Side Story" (via @thelightsonbroadway on Instagram)

Every scrap of news coming from the highly-anticipated West Side Story remake has been nothing short of thrilling, tbh. First, there was the open casting call here in NYC for dancers to play the Jets and Sharks. Next, we heard the unsurprising-yet-awesome news that Justin Peck will choreograph the new movie. Now, there's possibly the most exciting news flash yet: You (yes, YOU) could play the star-making role of Maria opposite the dreamy Ansel Elgort as Tony!


If you are...

  • Latinx
  • Between the ages of 15 and 25
  • Have a strong dance background (duh, you're a DS reader)
  • And can sing!

Well then, get yourself to the Anfiteatro Julia de Burgos at the University of Puerto Rico's Rio Piedras campus on Tuesday, December 11 at 10 am. You should prep a short cut of a song that shows off what your voice can do. (You'll have to sing a cappella.) And don't forget to bring a headshot and resumé stapled back-to-back, including your contact info!

No immediate travel plans to Puerto Rico? You can also be considered for the role of Maria by emailing a video of yourself dancing and singing to westsidestorycastingsearch@gmail.com. Make sure to include contact info, a headshot, and your resumé. Merde to all the Broadway babies going out for roles in the new WSS!

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