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Steven Spielberg hits the red carpet in a stylish suit with his wife Kate Capshaw


Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story remake won rave early reviews following its world premiere at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on Monday. 

After the NYC premiere, where the legendary filmmaker attended alongside his wife Kate Capshaw and a host of other stars, and another screening in Los Angeles, Twitter reaction saw the epic lauded as a Best Picture contender at the Oscars with many flooded the microblogging site with praise. 

One of the delighted reviewers, Fico Cangiango wrote: ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is stunning. His first musical is without a doubt superior to the 1961 film. The cinematography, music and dancing are amazing, and most importantly, it treats Puerto Ricans & Latinx community with the respect they deserve. Spielberg delivers.’

Fandango’s Erik Davis added: ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is a TRIUMPH! It’s beautiful & brilliantly photographed – a real love letter to NYC w/ a tremendous ensemble cast who truly redefine this classic story for a new generation. Shout outs to @rachelzegler & @ArianaDeBose who CRUSH it in this film.’

Winner! Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story remake won rave early reviews following its world premiere at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on Monday

Fico: After the NYC premiere and another screening in Los Angeles, Twitter reaction saw the epic lauded as a Best Picture contender at the Oscars while many flooded the microblogging site with praise

Fico: After the NYC premiere and another screening in Los Angeles, Twitter reaction saw the epic lauded as a Best Picture contender at the Oscars while many flooded the microblogging site with praise

Many reviewers echoed the delighted reaction, with many stating the movie was better than the 1961 film.  

Yahoo’s Kevin Polowy wrote: ‘Spielberg does not disappoint with #WestSideStory. OK maybe not as much dance-fighting this time, but sets a mood from the opening moments and delivers all the way through that gut-punching climax. “America” is the easy highlight but man Rachel Zegler is magnetic in every scene.’

Discussing Film’s Diego Andaluz stated: ‘#WestSideStory is INCREDIBLE. Spielberg delivers an award-worthy visual spectacle that expands on the original as a timely technical MASTERPIECE. Every department fires on all cylinders, & Rachel Zegler steals the show with THE star-making debut performance of the year. LOVED IT!’

Disney’s Marshall Weinbaum added: ‘Sending thoughts and prayers to all the Oscar Pundits out there who will be spending the next several hours updating their predictions now that they’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s absolute masterpiece #WestSideStory.’ 

Crush: Fandango's Erik Davis added, 'Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is a TRIUMPH! It's beautiful & brilliantly photographed - a real love letter to NYC w/ a tremendous ensemble cast who truly redefine this classic story for a new generation. Shout outs to @rachelzegler & @ArianaDeBose who CRUSH it in this film

Crush: Fandango’s Erik Davis added, ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is a TRIUMPH! It’s beautiful & brilliantly photographed – a real love letter to NYC w/ a tremendous ensemble cast who truly redefine this classic story for a new generation. Shout outs to @rachelzegler & @ArianaDeBose who CRUSH it in this film

No disappointment: Yahoo's Kevin Polowy added, 'Spielberg does not disappoint with #WestSideStory. OK maybe not as much dance-fighting this time, but sets a mood from the opening moments and delivers all the way through that gut-punching climax. “America” is the easy highlight but man Rachel Zegler is magnetic in every scene'

No disappointment: Yahoo’s Kevin Polowy added, ‘Spielberg does not disappoint with #WestSideStory. OK maybe not as much dance-fighting this time, but sets a mood from the opening moments and delivers all the way through that gut-punching climax. “America” is the easy highlight but man Rachel Zegler is magnetic in every scene’

Incredible: Discussing Film's Diego Andaluz stated, '#WestSideStory is INCREDIBLE. Spielberg delivers an award-worthy visual spectacle that expands on the original as a timely technical MASTERPIECE. Every department fires on all cylinders, & Rachel Zegler steals the show with THE star-making debut performance of the year. LOVED IT!'

Incredible: Discussing Film’s Diego Andaluz stated, ‘#WestSideStory is INCREDIBLE. Spielberg delivers an award-worthy visual spectacle that expands on the original as a timely technical MASTERPIECE. Every department fires on all cylinders, & Rachel Zegler steals the show with THE star-making debut performance of the year. LOVED IT!’

Masterpiece: Disney's Marshall Weinbaum added, 'Sending thoughts and prayers to all the Oscar Pundits out there who will be spending the next several hours updating their predictions now that they've seen Steven Spielberg's absolute masterpiece #WestSideStory'

Masterpiece: Disney’s Marshall Weinbaum added, ‘Sending thoughts and prayers to all the Oscar Pundits out there who will be spending the next several hours updating their predictions now that they’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s absolute masterpiece #WestSideStory’

Wow: The story is set in 1950s New York City - loosely adapted from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - with one girl named Maria caught between two gangs - the Jets and the Sharks

Wow: The story is set in 1950s New York City – loosely adapted from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – with one girl named Maria caught between two gangs – the Jets and the Sharks

WEST SIDE STORY: The Reviews  

Fico Cangiango: ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is stunning. His first musical is without a doubt superior to the 1961 film. The cinematography, music and dancing are amazing, and most importantly, it treats Puerto Ricans & Latinx community with the respect they deserve. Spielberg delivers.’

Fandango’s Erik Davis:Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is a TRIUMPH! It’s beautiful & brilliantly photographed – a real love letter to NYC w/ a tremendous ensemble cast who truly redefine this classic story for a new generation. Shout outs to @rachelzegler & @ArianaDeBose who CRUSH it in this film.

Epic: The cast have been lauded for their 'tremendous' appearance

Epic: The cast have been lauded for their ‘tremendous’ appearance

Yahoo’s Kevin Polowy: ‘Spielberg does not disappoint with #WestSideStory. OK maybe not as much dance-fighting this time, but sets a mood from the opening moments and delivers all the way through that gut-punching climax. “America” is the easy highlight but man Rachel Zegler is magnetic in every scene.’

Discussing Film’s Diego Andaluz: ‘#WestSideStory is INCREDIBLE. Spielberg delivers an award-worthy visual spectacle that expands on the original as a timely technical MASTERPIECE. Every department fires on all cylinders, & Rachel Zegler steals the show with THE star-making debut performance of the year. LOVED IT!’

Disney’s Marshall Weinbaum: ‘Sending thoughts and prayers to all the Oscar Pundits out there who will be spending the next several hours updating their predictions now that they’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s absolute masterpiece #WestSideStory.’

Film Inquiry’s Kevin L. Lee: ‘Surprise surprise! #WestSideStory is really good, featuring some breathtaking choreography elevated by the cinematography and production design. Everyone in the cast is great, but the real standouts are Mike Faist and David Alvarez as Riff and Bernardo. Yeah, THIS is a musical!’

BuzzFeed’s Nora Dominick: ‘My #WestSideStory review is simply: I can’t wait to see Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose’s careers explode after this. They knock it out of the park as Maria and Anita in this beautiful crafted movie.’

@camden28_ : ‘#WestSideStory is a blast, even better than the 1961 film. Steven Spielberg has done something really special with his adaptation of the beloved musical. As for me, Rachel Zegler has earned herself a huge fan, delivering a fantastic film debut as Maria.’

@@xoxocorthenley: ‘OMG #WestSideStory is a MASTERPIECE! I was anti a remake because the original is one of my favs ever! But this was better than the original by a long shot! Production design and shots gave me goosebumps. And the kid who plays Riff is Oscar worthy! I want to see it again & again!’

Anthony Gagliardi: ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory does an outstanding job paying homage to the timeless classic from its authentic set designs to its incredible dance sequences and performances. This is one of the most beautifully shot films of the year.’

BroBible’s Eric Italiano: ‘I am very much not a musical guy, so I’m perhaps not the best judge of #WestSideStory. I do, however, know what a movie star looks and @rachelzegler is absolutely that. She is *ridiculous*. More so than her massive voice, her ability to act with her eyes was stunning.’

Film Inquiry’s Kevin L. Lee added: ‘Surprise surprise! #WestSideStory is really good, featuring some breathtaking choreography elevated by the cinematography and production design. Everyone in the cast is great, but the real standouts are Mike Faist and David Alvarez as Riff and Bernardo. Yeah, THIS is a musical!’

BuzzFeed’s Nora Dominick stated: ‘My #WestSideStory review is simply: I can’t wait to see Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose’s careers explode after this. They knock it out of the park as Maria and Anita in this beautiful crafted movie.’

@camden28_ added: ‘#WestSideStory is a blast, even better than the 1961 film. Steven Spielberg has done something really special with his adaptation of the beloved musical. As for me, Rachel Zegler has earned herself a huge fan, delivering a fantastic film debut as Maria.’

Coming soon: The film has won huge praise from earlier reviews

Coming soon: The film has won huge praise from earlier reviews 

Surprise: Film Inquiry's Kevin L. Lee added, 'Surprise surprise! #WestSideStory is really good, featuring some breathtaking choreography elevated by the cinematography and production design. Everyone in the cast is great, but the real standouts are Mike Faist and David Alvarez as Riff and Bernardo. Yeah, THIS is a musical!'

Surprise: Film Inquiry’s Kevin L. Lee added, ‘Surprise surprise! #WestSideStory is really good, featuring some breathtaking choreography elevated by the cinematography and production design. Everyone in the cast is great, but the real standouts are Mike Faist and David Alvarez as Riff and Bernardo. Yeah, THIS is a musical!’

Buzz: BuzzFeed's Nora Dominick stated, 'My #WestSideStory review is simply: I can’t wait to see Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose’s careers explode after this. They knock it out of the park as Maria and Anita in this beautiful crafted movie'

Buzz: BuzzFeed’s Nora Dominick stated, ‘My #WestSideStory review is simply: I can’t wait to see Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose’s careers explode after this. They knock it out of the park as Maria and Anita in this beautiful crafted movie’

Blast: @camden28_ added, '#WestSideStory is a blast, even better than the 1961 film. Steven Spielberg has done something really special with his adaptation of the beloved musical. As for me, Rachel Zegler has earned herself a huge fan, delivering a fantastic film debut as Maria'

Blast: @camden28_ added, ‘#WestSideStory is a blast, even better than the 1961 film. Steven Spielberg has done something really special with his adaptation of the beloved musical. As for me, Rachel Zegler has earned herself a huge fan, delivering a fantastic film debut as Maria’

@@xoxocorthenley added: ‘OMG #WestSideStory is a MASTERPIECE! I was anti a remake because the original is one of my favs ever! But this was better than the original by a long shot! Production design and shots gave me goosebumps. And the kid who plays Riff is Oscar worthy! I want to see it again & again!’

Anthony Gagliardi stated: ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory does an outstanding job paying homage to the timeless classic from its authentic set designs to its incredible dance sequences and performances. This is one of the most beautifully shot films of the year.’

BroBible’s Eric Italiano revealed: ‘I am very much not a musical guy, so I’m perhaps not the best judge of #WestSideStory. I do, however, know what a movie star looks and @rachelzegler is absolutely that. She is *ridiculous*. More so than her massive voice, her ability to act with her eyes was stunning.’ 

Sweet: Steven and his wife Kate Capshaw attended the NYC premiere on Monday

Sweet: Steven and his wife Kate Capshaw attended the NYC premiere on Monday

Masterpiece: @@xoxocorthenley added, 'OMG #WestSideStory is a MASTERPIECE! I was anti a remake because the original is one of my favs ever! But this was better than the original by a long shot! Production design and shots gave me goosebumps. And the kid who plays Riff is Oscar worthy! I want to see it again & again!'

Masterpiece: @@xoxocorthenley added, ‘OMG #WestSideStory is a MASTERPIECE! I was anti a remake because the original is one of my favs ever! But this was better than the original by a long shot! Production design and shots gave me goosebumps. And the kid who plays Riff is Oscar worthy! I want to see it again & again!’

Classic: Anthony Gagliardi stated, 'Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory does an outstanding job paying homage to the timeless classic from its authentic set designs to its incredible dance sequences and performances. This is one of the most beautifully shot films of the year'

Classic: Anthony Gagliardi stated, ‘Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory does an outstanding job paying homage to the timeless classic from its authentic set designs to its incredible dance sequences and performances. This is one of the most beautifully shot films of the year’

Stuning: BroBible's Eric Italiano revealed, 'I am very much not a musical guy, so I’m perhaps not the best judge of #WestSideStory. I do, however, know what a movie star looks and @rachelzegler is absolutely that. She is *ridiculous*. More so than her massive voice, her ability to act with her eyes was stunning'

Stuning: BroBible’s Eric Italiano revealed, ‘I am very much not a musical guy, so I’m perhaps not the best judge of #WestSideStory. I do, however, know what a movie star looks and @rachelzegler is absolutely that. She is *ridiculous*. More so than her massive voice, her ability to act with her eyes was stunning’

Accusations: Star Ansel Elgort plays the lead role of Tony

Accusations: Star Ansel Elgort plays the lead role of Tony

Story: West Side Story first debuted as a Broadway musical in 1957, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet

Story: West Side Story first debuted as a Broadway musical in 1957, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet

Washington Post’s Thomas Floyd tweeted: ‘Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is a triumph. It’s less stylized, but more grounded, more brutal and more interested in the consequences of the carnage. Kushner’s script imbues its characters with depth, and paints a striking picture of how gentrification fuels tribalism.’

@TheJosieMarie added: ‘#WestSideStory is Steven Spielberg’s attempt at his own La La Land wonder. The film acts as an eraser for all the wrongdoing of the one that came before it. Some things felt genuine while others felt tied with a bow.’

@atomiracle stated: ‘#WestSideStory was incredible wow Steven Spielberg perfectly balanced the magic of the original while building off of it and presenting new ideas. @rachelzegler was obviously the standout she brought Maria to life in a way we’ve never seen before.’

Triumph: Washington Post's Thomas Floyd tweeted, 'Spielberg's #WestSideStory is a triumph. It's less stylized, but more grounded, more brutal and more interested in the consequences of the carnage. Kushner's script imbues its characters with depth, and paints a striking picture of how gentrification fuels tribalism'

Triumph: Washington Post’s Thomas Floyd tweeted, ‘Spielberg’s #WestSideStory is a triumph. It’s less stylized, but more grounded, more brutal and more interested in the consequences of the carnage. Kushner’s script imbues its characters with depth, and paints a striking picture of how gentrification fuels tribalism’

Bow: @TheJosieMarie added, '#WestSideStory is Steven Spielberg’s attempt at his own La La Land wonder. The film acts as an eraser for all the wrongdoing of the one that came before it. Some things felt genuine while others felt tied with a bow'

Bow: @TheJosieMarie added, ‘#WestSideStory is Steven Spielberg’s attempt at his own La La Land wonder. The film acts as an eraser for all the wrongdoing of the one that came before it. Some things felt genuine while others felt tied with a bow’

Standout: @atomiracle stated, '#WestSideStory was incredible wow Steven Spielberg perfectly balanced the magic of the original while building off of it and presenting new ideas. @rachelzegler was obviously the standout she brought Maria to life in a way we’ve never seen before'

Standout: @atomiracle stated, ‘#WestSideStory was incredible wow Steven Spielberg perfectly balanced the magic of the original while building off of it and presenting new ideas. @rachelzegler was obviously the standout she brought Maria to life in a way we’ve never seen before’

Hitting back: The film has won huge praise since hitting screens on Monday

Hitting back: The film has won huge praise since hitting screens on Monday 

At the big dance: The movie pays tribute to all the epic moments from the  beloved original

At the big dance: The movie pays tribute to all the epic moments from the  beloved original

Director Steven attended the premiere alongside his wife Kate Capshaw led the stars at the world premiere. 

The 74-year-old filmmaker donned a stylish suit alongside his glamorous wife of 30 years, Kate, for the glittering red carpet event.

The filmmaker also posed with a number of his stars such as newcomer Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose and the iconic Rita Moreno, while also joining lead star Ansel Elgort at the event. 

Shocking: Dance sequences pay tribute to the original movie to perfection

Shocking: Dance sequences pay tribute to the original movie to perfection 

Hitting back: In the original film, many of its Puerto Rican, including Maria, were played by white actors in dark makeup (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer are pictured in character)

Hitting back: In the original film, many of its Puerto Rican, including Maria, were played by white actors in dark makeup (Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer are pictured in character)

Shocking: The stars of the movie were out in force following its debut

Shocking: The stars of the movie were out in force following its debut  

Director and stars: The filmmaker posed with a number of his stars such as newcomer Rachel Zegler (right), Ariana DeBose (left) and the iconic Rita Moreno.

Director and stars: The filmmaker posed with a number of his stars such as newcomer Rachel Zegler (right), Ariana DeBose (left) and the iconic Rita Moreno.

The director stepped out in a stylish grey suit, with a dark grey corduroy coat over a grey sweater vest, grey tie and a white dress shirt.

He wore black prescription glasses with matching grey pants and brown shoes for his red carpet look.

His wife Capshaw, who celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary in October, wore a stylish red and grey plaid dress with green heeled boots. 

Spielberg and Capshaw met on the set of his 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where she played Willie Scott.

The couple married in late October 1991 and share three children, Sasha, Sawyer and Destry, along with two adopted children, Theo and Mikaela.

Capshaw continued acting into the 1980s and 1990s before retiring after her final performance in the 2001 TV movie Due East. 

Adapted: The musical originally was adapted for the silver screen in 1961, starring Natalie Wood as Maria, and Richard Beymer as Tony (the 2021 remake is pictured)

Adapted: The musical originally was adapted for the silver screen in 1961, starring Natalie Wood as Maria, and Richard Beymer as Tony (the 2021 remake is pictured)

Valentina: Valentina (Rita Moreno) is heard singing Somewhere while Tony is seen at a high school dance, glancing at Maria

Valentina: Valentina (Rita Moreno) is heard singing Somewhere while Tony is seen at a high school dance, glancing at Maria

Steven and Kate: The director stepped out in a stylish grey suit, with a dark grey corduroy coat over a grey sweater vest, grey tie and a white dress shirt

Steven and Kate: The director stepped out in a stylish grey suit, with a dark grey corduroy coat over a grey sweater vest, grey tie and a white dress shirt

First meet: Spielberg and Capshaw met on the set of his 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where she played Willie Scott

First meet: Spielberg and Capshaw met on the set of his 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, where she played Willie Scott

West Side Story is an adaptation of the iconic 1957 musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and the late Stephen Sondheim, who passed away over the weekend at 91 years of age.

Rachel Zegler beat out a whopping 30,000 hopefuls for the role of Maria, making her feature film debut in the iconic role.

She’s joined by a cast that includes Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita and Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1964 adaptation of West Side Story, which won 10 Oscars including Best Picture.

Rachel: Rachel Zegler (right) beat out a whopping 30,000 hopefuls for the role of Maria, making her feature film debut in the iconic role

Rachel: Rachel Zegler (right) beat out a whopping 30,000 hopefuls for the role of Maria, making her feature film debut in the iconic role

Rita and Steven: She's joined by a cast that includes Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita and Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1964 adaptation of West Side Story, which won 10 Oscars including Best Picture

Rita and Steven: She’s joined by a cast that includes Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita and Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the 1964 adaptation of West Side Story, which won 10 Oscars including Best Picture

The story is set in 1950s New York City – loosely adapted from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – with one girl named Maria caught between two gangs – the Jets and the Sharks.

Her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez) is the leader of the Latinx gang the Sharks, though she has fallen for Tony (Ansel Elgort), a member of the white gang, the Jets.

Frequent Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner (Munich, Lincoln) wrote the screenplay, adapted from the iconic stage musical. 

Ansel: Her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez) is the leader of the Latinx gang the Sharks, though she has fallen for Tony (Ansel Elgort, above), a member of the white gang, the Jets

Ansel: Her brother Bernardo (David Alvarez) is the leader of the Latinx gang the Sharks, though she has fallen for Tony (Ansel Elgort, above), a member of the white gang, the Jets

Coming soon: Spielberg and Kushner are also collaborating on his next project, The Fablemans, a semi-autobiographical take on Spielberg's own childhood, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano, set for release in 2022

Coming soon: Spielberg and Kushner are also collaborating on his next project, The Fablemans, a semi-autobiographical take on Spielberg’s own childhood, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano, set for release in 2022

Spielberg and Kushner are also collaborating on his next project, The Fablemans, a semi-autobiographical take on Spielberg’s own childhood, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano, set for release in 2022.

Other stars seen at the premiere include Ana Isabella, who plays Rosalia, spotted in a stunning black gown. 

Corey Stoll, who plays Lieutenant Schrank in the film, also hit the red carpet with his wife, Nadia Bowers. 

Ariana in white: Ariana DeBose stuns in a custom lacy white floral dress from the Michael Kors Collection at the West Side Story premiere

Floral: DeBose' white floral dress features a long slit up the leg while the actress wore strappy white heels

Ariana in white: Ariana DeBose stuns in a custom lacy white floral dress from the Michael Kors Collection at the West Side Story premiere

Corey and Nadia: Corey Stoll, who plays Lieutenant Schrank in the film, also hit the red carpet with his wife, Nadia Bowers

Corey and Nadia: Corey Stoll, who plays Lieutenant Schrank in the film, also hit the red carpet with his wife, Nadia Bowers

Rita solo: Rita Moreno hit the red carpet solo in a stunning black gown

Glitz and glamour: The star looked stunning in black sequins

Rita solo: Rita Moreno hit the red carpet solo in a stunning black gown



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