Rachel Ziegler on West Side Story, Behind-the-Scenes

“It was too much for me to handle.”

A few weeks ago, Buzzfeed got Conversation With Rachel Ziegler, which totally killed it as Maria in the new story of the west,


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When we asked about her favorite behind-the-scenes moments, she replied, “Honestly too many to count.”

“But I’d say something’s on my mind when Bruce Springsteen And Stephen Sondheim Both were on the sets when I was doing ‘I Feel Pretty’ and I couldn’t bring myself to go near either of them because I was so nervous.”

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“Because I’m from New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen is the boss, my hero,” she continued.

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“And Stephen Sondheim is why I love musical theater.”


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Stephen, who won the 1957 . wrote songs for story of the west musical, Died Last month at the age of 91.

“So, the fact that he was seeing me that day, singing his songs, was too much for me to handle, and I couldn’t get near any of them,” she concluded.

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And in a recent Instagram post, Rachel shared some beautiful words for Stephen. “My life would be nothing without the music of Stephen Sondheim. One of my first memories of a musical theater performance was listening to Michael Cervaris and Patti LuPone sing ‘A Little Priest’ in a 2005 revival. Sweeney Todd, And the rest, as they say, is history.”

“Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics story of the west When he was in his early 20s. This was his first professional gig. and re-imagine it story of the west Mine. That connection really is everything to me. And every moment I was able to spend with Steve is a true blessing to me.”

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“I love to believe that wherever he is in this infinite universe, we have the best seat in the house to watch our movie, like I did to record our soundtrack,” she concluded.

Thanks for chatting with us, Rachel! You can watch our full interview Here,



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