Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story will soon be on Disney+. The movie will arrive on Disney+ in the United States and many overseas markets on March 2nd. This will be followed by its arrival on Disney+ in Taiwan on March 9th and Japan on March 20th. The ABC special, Something’s Coming: West Side Story – A Special Edition of 20/20, is now available on Disney+ ahead of the film’s arrival.
West Side Story has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards. This includes nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and also Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose). It also has been nominated for 11 Critics’ Choice Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose, Rita Moreno). On top of that, it won three Golden Globe awards in the categories of Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Rachel Zegler), and also Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose). The film also received nominations from the DGA (Steven Spielberg), PGA (Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger), WGA (Tony Kushner), and SAG (Ariana DeBose for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role). West Side Story was also named one of the year’s Top 10 films by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. The latter also voted Rachel Zegler the Best Actress of the Year.
West Side Story Official Description
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); 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; 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 serves 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. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein.
The West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features 21 songs from the film and is available in both standard digital and physical (CD and vinyl) configurations, as well as a digital release in Dolby Atmos Music.
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