The Walt Disney Company today released a new video that takes you behind the scenes of West Side Story. You can go behind the scenes of West Side Story using the player below.
Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the musical West Side Story will open in U.S. theaters on December 10, 2021.
Directed by 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 is rated PG-13 for some strong violence, strong language, thematic content, suggestive material and brief smoking.
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 (Maria).
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 served as an executive producer, and Tony Award winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film.
Renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award winner Gustavo Dudamel helmed the recording of the iconic score.
Academy Award-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia) arranged the score, Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori supervised the cast on vocals, and GRAMMY-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago) served as executive music producer for the film.
The film is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Academy Award-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a. and Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum.
The film has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway musical, which was written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and concept, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
Tony Award winner Justin Peck choreographed the musical numbers in the film.