Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” | Cinematography | 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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20 replies
  1. David Samaniego
    David Samaniego says:

    Bravo. May this masterpiece of a story and visual drama, led by a legend, be the gate that opens the way for many other musical films of current and of past. The casting enraptures what West Side Story, the story, the dance,, embodies.

  2. Shahaneh Limonadi
    Shahaneh Limonadi says:

    I love the total investment in cinematography for West Side Story. Its exactly what i was hoping would be done in this movie, along with authentic casting and actual violent scenes. 3 out of 3. I just wish they released the 4DX and 3D Screenings they had for this movie. But like Mortal Kombat and Space Jam reboot and Snake Eyes and Matrix Resurrections, they don't release the 3D copy.

  3. SoundW0RM
    SoundW0RM says:

    Sad that all anyone seems to be talking about is its disappointing box office. They did such a beautiful job with this film. I hope it will become beloved by generations just like the original

  4. tom arnold
    tom arnold says:

    I want to see how they choreograph on set, how they control a hundred people dancing in tight space and be on spot without markings on the floor. There were many long takes involves complicated coordination, and hell can I imagine if one dancer went off beat.


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