Bruce Springsteen visits Paterson set of Steven Spielberg’s 'West Side Story' remake

Chris Jordan
Asbury Park Press
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Bruce Springsteen wants to be in Paterson.

The Boss visited the Paterson set of the Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 classic, “West Side Story,” on Monday, Aug. 19. Mayor André Sayegh shared a pic of himself and the Boss on the set on his social media.

Paterson Mayor André Sayegh with Bruce Springsteen on the set of "West Side Story" in Paterson on Monday, Aug. 19.

“The filming of ‘West Side Story’ is really enhancing Paterson’s image and improving our downtown economy,” Sayegh said. “The buzz is so strong that ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen visited our city today.”

Two repurposed parking lots on West and East Veterans Place in the City Hall district are now 1950s era New York Upper West Side slums for the filming.

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“A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Steven Spielberg to express my profound gratitude for picking Paterson,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh previously to the USA Today Network New Jersey. “He loves the city. After the filming, we’re probably going to declare him an honorary Patersonian. It really doesn’t get any bigger or better than that.”

Springsteen’s visit was another Jersey moment for a film that has a Jersey girl in the lead — Rachel Zegler of Clifton plays Maria. Springsteen and Spielberg have been spotted out socially in the past, including at the opening of “Springsteen on Broadway” in October of 2017.

“West Side Story,” first staged on Broadway in 1957, features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 

It’s a Summer of Springsteen at the movies. His music inspired “Blinded by the Light,” currently in theaters, and he stars and co-directs “Western Stars,” in theaters next month. He also appeared in “Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock ‘N Roll,” which hit theaters in early spring. 

Staff writer Jim Beckerman contributed to this story.

Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and Snooki.  Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; Stay with or consider a subscription today.

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