Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY Shares First Look of Ariana DeBose as “Anita”

An
adaptation of the original Broadway musical, WEST SIDE STORY explores young
love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of
1957 New York. The cast also includes Ansel Elgort (Tony); Rachel Zegler
(Maria); Ana Isabelle (Rosalia); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Brian d’Arcy
James (Officer Krupke); Curtiss Cook (Abe) and Academy Award -winner Rita
Moreno, who plays Valentina and also serves as one of the film’s Executive
Producers. The film is now in production for Twentieth Century Fox and The
Walt Disney Studios.

WEST SIDE
STORY is produced and directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Academy
Award -nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony
Kushner. 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 will choreograph the musical
numbers in the film. Also leading the production are Tony Award -winning
producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award -nominated producer Kristie Macosko
Krieger.

The film’s music team includes renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who will helm the recording of Bernstein’s iconic score; Academy Award -nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia) who will be arranging the score for the new adaptation; Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s Fun Home and Thoroughly Modern Millie), who will be working with the cast on vocals; and Grammy -nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), who will serve as executive music producer for the film.

See her
light up the big screen in #WestSideStory on December 18, 2020.

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