Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” | Legendary Audience | 20th Century Studios

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. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler (María); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); Ana Isabelle (Rosalía); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); and Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works). 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.

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago”), who served as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release “West Side Story” in U.S. theaters on December 10, 2021.

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  1. When Ansel Elgort smiles he's so adorable, but that's the only smile I've seen in any of the trailers and commercials!! Tony has to, obviously, be likable, so I hope he doesn't deadpan it all through the movie!

  2. My disclaimer , I'm a huge Spielberg fan , believe he is one of the greatest filmmakers to ever live ,I'll wait to see the whole movie , but just from those opening moments in the gym , the instrumentations are off and the choreography is awkward . Sorry you can never top the original 1961 film . The choreography hit every beat of the music and it was done in a more modern jazz type of way . This looks as if the choreography does not blend with the music. The way Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins in the ORIGINAL version, composed and edited each scene was magical, everything hit the mark perfectly .

  3. Really looking forward to seeing David Alvarez as Bernardo. Fun fact: He is one of the youngest and most interesting Tony Award winners in history. In 2009, he and two of his fellow actors, who all shared the title role, won Best Actor in a Musical for Billy Elliot on Broadway.

  4. Musicals are not usually on my list of movies to watch. There are a few exceptions. The original West Side Story is #1 on the list. If the movie is as good, or better than the trailer, then I'll have to make room at the top for an additional entry.

  5. The music here—why does it sound so sterile and soulless? Did they even use real musicians and instruments? Or is this just computers? Listen to the original and it sounds so rich and nuanced.

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