Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hollywood Side Story

It's West Side Story fever again! I just saw Romeo & Juliet at the National Ballet of Canada (and couldn't help but think it would have been even more fantastic if they broke out with "Somewhere", and incidentally, they will revive West Side Story Suites next season). The Stratford Shakespeare Theatre Festival will revive West Side Story this summer with Gary Griffin directing and Sergio Trujillo choreographing. And with the new (fantastic) Broadway revival of West Side Story officially opening on Thursday, Vanity Fair has a beautiful new photo shoot by Mark Seliger recreating the scenes with some of the hottest stars in Hollywood (but sadly, not the hot young Broadway stars currently on stage. Man, theatre folks really don't get any respect do they?).

But is it telling that I'm more excited about some of the newer stars La Ashley Tisdale, Minka Kelly, Britany Snow, Ben Barnes, Cam Gigandet, Sean Faris and Chris Evans than J.Lo herself? (You can click on the picture to enlarge it or go to original on the title link)

The Jets and The Sharks: Rodrigo Santoro (as Bernardo in red, Lost, Love Actually, 300) and Sharks: Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) and Jay Hernandez (Grindhouse, Hostel). The Jets: Chris Evans (as Riff, Fantastic Four), Cam Gigandet (The O.C., Twilight), Drake Bell (Drake & Josh), and Robert Pattinson (Twilight, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire):

The Dress Shop: Jennifer Lopez as Anita, Rodrigo Santoro as Bernardo and Camilla Belle as Maria:

The Dance: Camilla Belle (as Maria, far left) and Ben Barnes (as Tony far right, Prince Caspian). The Sharks: J.Lo (as Anita) and Rodrigo Santoro (as Bernardo). The Jets: Chris Evans as Riff and Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical). The Sharks: left to right: Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Jay Hernandez, Natalie Martinez (Death Race), Brandon T. Jackson, Melonie Diaz (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints). The Jets’: Sean Faris (Never Back Down), Shane Lynch, Robert Pattinson, Cam Gigandet, Trilby Glover (88 Minutes), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), and Drake Bell:

Tonight, Tonight: Ben Barnes as Tony and Camilla Belle as Maria:

The Rooftop: Jennifer Lopez (as Anita, in purple), Rodrigo Santoro (as Bernardo, left of JLo) and from left to right: Jay Hernandez, Brandon T. Jackson, Sean Faris, Shane Lynch, Melonie Diaz, Minka Kelly, Natalie Martinez:

The Fight: Rodrigo Santoro as Bernardo, Chris Evans as Riff, Ben Barnes as Tony:

Maria at The End: Camilla Belle as Maria:

Anita: Jennifer Lopez as Anita:

Vance at http://tapeworthy.blogspot.com


Linz McC said...

There are so many people in these pictures, I can't even focus! Some of these look just perfect (Ben Barnes, Camilla Belle, Rodrigo Santoro). Fun stuff...

jlee said...

wow, what wonderful photos!