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Hear the NY Phil in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” in Theaters and on CD Today

Posted December 10, 2021

Released today: Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of West Side Story, as well as the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with music performed by the NY Phil and Gustavo Dudamel.

Steven Spielberg’s anticipated new reimagining of West Side Story, with music performed by the New York Philharmonic under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, opens in theaters today. The West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is also available on CD today, with a vinyl version coming in early 2022. The digital versions — both standard and Dolby Atmos Music — are available to stream here.

The film is an adaptation of the original 1957 Broadway show with music by Philharmonic Laureate Conductor Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The soundtrack comprises 21 songs from the film; the physical versions will feature liner notes from Academy Award®–winning composer and West Side Story music consultant John Williams.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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 (María). 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. 

From 20th Century Studio, The Walt Disney Company releases West Side Story in US theaters today.