The West Side Story is set in 1957 New York and follows competing street gangs the Jets and Sharks. The Jets are all white, whereas the Sharks are mostly Puerto Ricans. Tony and Maria’s young love grows, but it is jeopardized by the growing enmity between the two gangs. watch the trailer below.
West Side Screenplay was a Broadway musical with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a story by Arthur Laurents (influenced by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet). Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise directed the 1961 musical version, which went on to win ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture. check out the poster below.
Even for one of Hollywood’s best living directors, those are pretty large shoes to fill. This is especially relevant given that West Side Story is Spielberg’s first musical. Tony Kushner, who authored the screenplay, and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, both regular Spielberg colleagues, are assisting him in this venture.
Zegler sings the famous ballad “Tonight” in the new trailer, which is actually only a small clip of one song from the show. Instead, we get a lot more of the basic narrative, some stunning musical performances, and a cast list for some of the main characters.