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Jeanine Tesori, Gustavo Dudamel to Work Behind the Scenes of West Side Story Film

Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and more will star in Steven Spielberg's new film version, set for release on December 18, 2020.

Jeanine Tesori will work behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.
(© David Gordon)

According to published reports, Tony Award-winning Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori and Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel have signed on for Steven Spielberg's upcoming West Side Story film adaptation, set to be released on December 18, 2020.

Dudamel will conduct the recording of the score, and Tesori will work with the cast on vocals. In addition, David Newman will arrange the score, and Matt Sullivan will serve as executive music producer.

The film, which begins shooting this summer, will be adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner, and will feature choreography by Tony winner Justin Peck. West Side Story has a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, with a book by Arthur Laurents.

As previously announced, the company is headed by Ansel Elgort (Tony) and Rahcel Zegler (Maria), alongside Ariana DeBose (Anita), Mike Faist (Riff), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Brian d'Arcy James (Sergeant Krupke), Ana Isabelle (Rosalia), and Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her performance as Anita, in the role of Valentina.

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