Steven Spielberg's West Side Story, nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD starting March 15. The film, as previously reported, will be available to stream on Disney+ and HBO Max beginning March 2 in the U.S.
Spielberg's take on the musical features Broadway's Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, A Bronx Tale), who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Anita alongside other theatre alums, including Tony winner David Alvarez (Billy Elliot) as Bernardo, Tony nominee Brian D'Arcy James as Officer Krupke, and EGOT winner and star of the original 1961 film Rita Moreno as Valentina, a new role linked to the character Doc.
DeBose has also received a Golden Globe Award and nominations for BAFTA, SAG, Critics' Choice, and NAACP Image Awards, among others.
Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler play the roles of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria, respectively. The film also includes Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino, Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank, Dear Evan Hansen Tony nominee Mike Faist, Iris Menas, Paloma Garcia-Lee, David and Jacob Guzman, Ricky Ubeda, Ben Cook, Sara Esty, Garett Hawe, Talia Ryder, Tanairi Vazquez, Eloise Kropp, Kevin Csolak, Julius Anthony Rubio, and Jess LeProtto.
Adapted from the Broadway musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (who passed away November 26 at the age of 91), the film features a screenplay by Tony and Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Tony Kushner (who also serves as executive producer) that introduces some new plot elements and tinkers with how Bernstein and Sondheim's songs are used in the story. The film also features new choreography by Tony winner Justin Peck.
West Side Story opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre September 26, 1957. It played 732 performances before closing June 27, 1959. Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the original cast included Larry Kert as Tony, Carol Lawrence as Maria, and Chita Rivera as Anita. Robbins won the Tony Award for his choreography, and Oliver Smith took home the prize for Best Scenic Design. It was nominated as Best Musical but lost to The Music Man.
The memorable Bernstein-Sondheim score boasts such tunes as "Tonight," "America," "Maria," "I Feel Pretty," and "Somewhere."
West Side Story released its Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally December 3 with a physical release December 10. The digital release includes the movie's 21 songs mastered in Dolby Atmos. The physical version of the album, which includes a vinyl release in early 2022, includes liner notes from the film's music consultant, Oscar-winning film composer John Williams.
West Side Story's music team includes music arranger David Newman, supervising vocal producer Jeanine Tesori, and executive music producer Matt Sullivan, all of whom produce the soundtrack album as well. Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger are executive soundtrack producers.