The full soundtrack for Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story drops online today.
The new film premiered at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City on November 29, 2021, and will be released by 20th Century Studios in cinemas in the United States on December 10, 2021.
The film is adapted from the original 1957 Broadway musical written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by the late Stephen Sondheim, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
The musical was previously adapted into film in 1961, winning multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno, who will be also appearing in the new film as Valentina.
As previously reported, the remake stars newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria, Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke, and Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank.
West Side Story is loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and is set in 1950s New York City as two young, idealistic lovers, Maria and Tony, find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.
A local staging by Repertory Philippines ran in 1981 and by Stages in 2008, while another production by Concertus Manila ran at The Theatre at Solaire in 2017.
Listen to it here: