Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something’s coming, something good.
If I can wait.
On February 9, 2022, Disney announced that Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of West Side Story would be streaming on Disney+ next month.
The streaming service made the announcement on social media, announcing, “Steven Spielberg’s #WestSideStory starts streaming on #DisneyPlus March 2!”
Check it out.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) February 9, 2022
Originally written for Broadway by a team that featured Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story adapted Romeo and Juliet to the streets of New York City in 1957. Tony and Maria are the subjects of a forbidden love affair at the crosshairs of a fierce gang rivalry between the Sharks and the Jets.
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20th Century Studios explains on its website:
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 (Maria.) 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.
West Side Story will join another Stephen Sondheim work, Into the Woods. Starlet Rachel Zegler is set to further her Disney repertoire by taking on the title princess role in Disney’s live-action remake of its 1937 animated classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.