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West Side Story (2021) in Concert

Sep 12 - Sep 17

Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, this adaptation of the legendary musical tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Featuring an iconic score by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.



7:30 PM





7:30 PM





7:30 PM





2:00 PM




Receive the best prices on this season’s most highly anticipated special events. From films like West Side Story (2021) In Concert and Marvel’s Black Panther In Concert, to new music showcases and classical performances featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Hilary Hahn, you won’t want to miss out.

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


3 Hours with Intermission


Program Notes

Leonard Bernstein

West Side Story in Concert (2021; New York Premiere of score performed live to complete film)


  • David Newman


    David Newman is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 30-year career he has scored more than 110 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers to the more recent Girls Trip, Night School, and Serenity. His music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa, comedies such as Galaxy Quest and Throw Momma from the Train, and award-winning animated films including Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster, and Anastasia. He holds an Academy Award nomination for his score to Anastasia. In 2021, after a decade of conducting numerous live music-to-film concerts for the classic West Side Story film, Newman arranged the score for Steven Spielberg’s bold new reimagining of the legendary Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical, earning him a 2022 Grammy nomination.

    As a conductor, Newman appears with leading orchestras throughout the world, including the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Royal philharmonic orchestras; Boston, Chicago, and San Diego symphony orchestras; Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. In autumn 2017 Newman conducted the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of the live-to-picture presentation of John Williams’s epic film series Star Wars — Episodes IV, V, VI, and VII. In summer 2020 he conducted the world premiere of his score for the film Galaxy Quest live with the San Diego Symphony during Comic-Con, and in autumn 2021 he was invited by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles to conduct its inaugural concerts of The Wizard of Oz, live to picture, with the American Youth Symphony.

    Newman is the son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman, and the creation and conducting of music has been a lifelong passion. An active composer for the concert hall, his works have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony, as well as at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. He also composed a violin-orchestra suite for prodigious Korean American violinist Sarah Chang based on songs from West Side Story.

    Passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians, David Newman has served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the Film Scoring Program.

    Learn more about David Newman

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