West Side Story will not be on HBO Max while the film hits theaters. West Side Story is a 20th Century Studios movie, and only Warner Bros. movies like Dune will be released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters.
A new take on “West Side Story” has arrived, courtesy of producer and director Steven Spielberg, who worked from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (“Lincoln”). It’s already winning awards, with critical raves and a spot at the top of the AFI Top 10 Films of the Year list, and now a general audience across the country can see it.
The film is adapted from the original 1957 Broadway musical, written by Arthur Laurents with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Tony Award winner Justin Peck choreographs the musical numbers in the film.
Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum and Academy Award-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger also directed the production.
The film’s music team consists of conductor Gustavo Dudamel; Academy Award-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score for the new arrangement; Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Broadway’s “Fun Home” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who will work with the singing voice; and Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast” and “Chicago”), who served as the film’s executive music producer.
How To Watch West Side Story: 2021 Remake Release Date
West Side Story hit theaters on December 10, 2021, and like many recent movies, it’s getting a wide release so that you can watch West Side Story in person.
West Side Story 2021 Rating, Runtime, Cast, and Description
The 2021 West Side Story runtime is 2 hours 36 minutes, and the film has a PG-13 rating. In addition to newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ansel Elgort as Tony, the film stars Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Mike Faist (Riff), Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino), Ana Isabelle (Rosalía), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank), Maddie Ziegler (Velma), and Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke). The film also changes the role of friendly shopkeeper Doc into a Puerto Rican matriarch named Valentina, played by former cast member Rita Moreno.
The plot of West Side Story is based on the 1957 musical of the same name and is loosely based on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Amid a battle between two rival street gangs in 1950s Upper West Side New York City, the Jets, and the Puerto Rican Sharks, Tony and María fall in love despite their ties. As the relationship of the star-crossed lovers grows, so do the tensions between the gangs, and they eventually pay the price.
Where can you stream West Side Story online? Is the movie on HBO Max?
Unfortunately, the film will not be streamed on the HBO Max platform. The film will also not be available on Netflix, Peacock, or Paramount+. West Side Story will hit theaters exclusively, and no streaming release has been announced yet. However, since this is a 20th Century Studios production that leaves theaters, it will likely stream on HBO Max first.
We’ll update this post with all the details as soon as we know more about when (and where) the movie will be available from home.
Who is in the original West Side Story cast?
The original West Side Story movie cast includes:
- Natalie Wood as Mary
- Rita Moreno as Anita
- Richard Beymer as Tony
- Russ Tamblyn (yep, father of Amber Tamblyn!) as the Riff
- George Chakiris as Bernardo
- William Bradley as Police Sergeant Krupke
- Simon Oakland as Police Lieutenant Closet
- Ned Glass as Doc
- Jose De Vega as Chino
- Tommy Abbott as Gee-Tari
- Robert Banas as Joyboy
- David Bean as tiger
- Nick Covacevich as Toro
- Carol D’Andrea as Velma
- Rudy Del Campo as Del Campo
- Harvey Evans as a mouthpiece
- Eliot Feld as Baby John
- Suzie Kaye as Rosalia
- Bert Michaels as Snowboy
- Joanne Miya as Francisca
- Tony Mordente as action
- Jay Norman as Pepe
- Susan Oakes as someone’s
- Jaime Rogers as Crazy
- Larry Roquemore as Rocco
- Tucker Smith as Ice
- Andre Taylor as Chili
- Anthony “Scooter” Teague as Big Deal
- Robert Thompson as Luis
- Gina Trikonis as Graziella
- Gus Trikonis as Indio
- Eddie Verso as Juan
- Yvonne Wilder as Consuelo
- David Winters as A-Rabi
Singers Marni Nixon and Betty Ward, Wood, and Moreno’s vocals were dubbed in the film. Ward sang for Moreno in “A Boy Like That,” while Nixon sang all of Wood’s musical parts. Hear Nixon sing Maria’s most famous music track, “I Feel Pretty,” here:
‘West Side Story’ reviews
Critics have sung the praises of Steve Spielberg’s West Side Story. The film has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with a current rating of 94%, as well as scoring an 86 on Metacritic (the same as its 1961 predecessor) and earning the site’s “Must-See” designation.
In Todd Gilchrist’s review of West Side Story for What to Watch, he called the film “a triumphant, socially-relevant update that showcases Steven Spielberg’s enthusiasm for staging the musical of his dreams while providing a sense of purpose — if not necessarily meaning – to the seemingly relentless volatility that has defined the past year (or two).”
In addition to the positive reviews, West Side Story has also been awarded several awards. The National Board of Review selected Rachel Zegler as the best actress for the year and included West Side Story in its list of top films.