Review of West Side Story Trailer Highlights Tony & Maria’s Star-Crossed Love Affair

Daljit Kalsi

20th Century Studios has dropped a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Friday, December 10. Its current theatrical release will see the film going up against Netflix’s star-studded sci-fi dark comedy Don’t Look Up.

The new West Side Story trailer, which you can check out below along with the new poster, highlights the obstacles that will challenge Tony and Maria’s budding romance following their fateful encounter. It also continues to hype up the growing friction between the Jets and the Sharks, whose fierce rivalry will ultimately cost each side.

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Based on the hit 1957 musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This new adaptation will once again center around the romance of Tony and Maria, who fall in love despite being affiliated with rival gangs.

This reimagining of the beloved musical is being led by Rachel Zegler (Shazam! Fury of the Gods), and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver). Joining them are Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno, who is one of the original stars of the 1961 film adaptation.

The film is directed by Oscar-winner filmmaker Steven Spielberg from a screenplay adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner. 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.

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West Side Story is produced by Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Kevin McCollum. The film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer; Tony winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and Grammy winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Oscar-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (Anastasia), who arranged the score; Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (Beauty and the Beast), who served as executive music producer for the film.

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