West Side Story
Rita Moreno On Auditioning For West Side Story

West Side Story is a musical film from 1961, based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and took home 10, including Best Picture. In this video, the movie’s stars, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris recall their auditions and their experience at the Academy Awards. Recalls Moreno of her three auditions: “I did a singing audition which went very well. I did an acting audition and I did that terrifically well. They loved it. And then Jerry came to me and said ‘You know, you’re going to have to audition for the dancing part.’ So I ran to the nearest dancing school and I literally signed up for every class, literally, that hey had. I was truly killing myself, but I wanted that part so badly.”

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