Rachel Zegler Stars in West Side Story

ICM Partners is thrilled to announce that our client Rachel Zegler is the first Latina to win the National Board Review’s Best Actress Award since 1998 for her work in West Side Story. We couldn’t be happier for the young starlet’s professional debut in the musical as Maria. The revival of the classic movie musical premiered in New York City just three days after the death of Stephen Sondheim and 60 years after its original debut. The musical theater titan was closely tied to the remaking of the film and although he wasn’t able to see the adaptation, he remained in spirit, taking on the form of his celebrated musical that will not soon be forgotten.

A theater kid herself, Zegler lacks no appreciation for the significance of Sondheim’s work. “I avoided him at one point because I was so scared to speak to him,” says Zegler in an interview with Variety. “But I was very blessed to be able to tell him what he’s meant to me my whole life, and that’s something no one can take away from me.”

Zegler, who is Colombian American, shared that she responded to an open call for Latina actresses between the ages of 15 and 25, and landed a lead role. After wrapping up her school production of Shrek the Musical, she started working with Spielberg and Sondheim on the film that would change the trajectory of her career.

“He said that I sound like a nightingale when I sing,” she said of Sondheim, just before heading into the screening to join her cast for the second film premiere of West Side Story. “And I’ll never forget that until the day I die.”

Set to play the lead in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Snow White, we expect nothing but ongoing success from our superstar client Rachel Zegler.