Rita Moreno on Fallon

Watch Now: Rita Moreno Demonstrates West Side Story Dance with Fallon

West Side Story hits movie theaters December 10 and Rita Moreno, the EGOT-winning star of the original 1961 film who now also stars in the 2021 adaptation, made a stop only The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she demonstrated a difficult dance stunt with Fallon from the first film.

Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. West Side Story has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show which featured a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Mike Faist (Riff), Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works) and introducing Rachel Zegler (María). Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.