Tony Kushner to talk at Bard about Leonard Bernstein & Spielberg remake of West Side Story

Tony Kushner

This January, the news dropped that Steven Spielberg is doing a big-screen remake of the stage musical West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein’s iconic music will be retained, but one of the most brilliant of contemporary playwrights, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), has come aboard to rewrite the screenplay. Kushner has collaborated successfully with Spielberg twice before, writing the scripts for Munich in 2005 and Lincoln in 2011.

This year being celebrated worldwide as the Bernstein centenary, Bard’s Fisher Center will be presenting a live talk with Tony Kushner on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The focus of the conversation will be the playwright’s relationship to the music of Leonard Bernstein, including the daunting task of adapting one of the composer’s most beloved works. Like Bernstein, Kushner is a powerful advocate for social change in his life and work, asking audiences to identify with the marginalized through humanizing acts of imagination.

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