Where to Watch Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ on Streaming
There’s somethin’ due, any day — and that somethin’ coming is Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story. First reactions rolled in all over social media last night, praising Spielberg’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s show as “top-tier,” “tremendously entertaining,” and more. Early viewers have also celebrated Rachel Zegler‘s performance as Maria, one of her breakthrough roles in the realm of movie musicals. If you’re antsy to know if there’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us to watch West Side Story on streaming, we’ve got you covered.
Zegler has the lead as Maria, taking over from Natalie Wood’s 1961 performance. Opposite the young star is Ansel Elgort as Tony, Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez as Bernardo, Brian d’Arcy James as Officer Krupke, and Mike Faist as Riff. Rita Moreno, who originally starred as Anita, returns as Valentina — could she pick up a second Oscar for another West Side Story performance that’s breaking headlines? Who knows!
Here’s everything you need to know about watching Spielberg’s new West Side Story movie musical.
When is the release date for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story?
West Side Story will release next Friday, Dec. 10. You’ll be able to see it the evening before, however, thanks to early screenings of the film. Is that in theaters or on VOD, though? Keep reading to find out.
Will Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story be streaming on Netflix or HBO Max? How to watch Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story:
Nope, sorry. On Dec. 10, you’ll only be able to see West Side Story in theaters. You can get tickets online now, though.
When will Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story be available to stream? Where will West Side Story be streaming?
We’re not sure quite yet. The company that developed the production was 20th Century Studios, a subsidiary of Disney. That could mean that the film heads to Disney+ or Hulu, two streamers owned by Disney — or it could even head to HBO Max. That’s because Disney struck a deal with WarnerMedia to split all streaming release of Fox (aka 20th Century Studios) films in 2022.
In order to predict when exactly West Side Story will be streaming, let’s take a look at another 20th Century Studios film that released in 2021. Free Guy debuted in theaters on Aug. 13, later heading to all VOD platforms on Oct. 1. By that logic, there’s around a 45-day exclusive window that Disney is implementing with their releases. So, we can expect to see West Side Story on VOD in late January, early February. Then, we’ll have to wait a few weeks more to stream it on HBO Max, Disney+, or Hulu.
Where is the original West Side Story streaming? How to watch West Side Story:
Even if West Side Story won’t be on streaming for a bit, you can still watch the original 1961 film tonight, tonight! It’s not available on any streaming platforms at the moment, but you can rent the film for $2.99 or purchase for $4.99 on iTunes, Microsoft Store, Prime Video, or Vudu.
Is there a trailer for the new West Side Story?
Yep! Scroll up to get a sneak peak at Spielberg’s upcoming masterpiece.
West Side Story is a timeless cinematic classic that’s about to make a big comeback thanks to Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming adaptation. However, the original film (released in 1961) was so groundbreaking and of its time that—even if the Spielberg version is a must-see for you on the big screen this holiday season—the original more than warrants a rewatch (or a first-time watch; if that’s you, consider yourself lucky!)
Rita Moreno delivered an indelible performance in the original film as Anita, winning her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, as did Best Supporting Actor winner for George Chakiris for his portrayal of Anita’s boyfriend, Bernardo. The film cleaned up in other categories as well, including Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Meanwhile, the new West Side Story has had fantastic early reviews and promises to be a modern-day classic in its own right.
The musical’s themes of gang violence, racism, and Romeo and Juliet-style, star-crossed love have transcended generations, while the songs remain timeless. Ahead of the new version hitting theaters this December, here’s how to watch both the original West Side Story and the new West Side Story.
Is the original West Side Story on Netflix? Is West Side Story on Disney Plus?
The original West Side Story from 1961 isn’t currently available for free on any streaming services, but you can rent or purchase the film on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.
What platform is the original West Side Story on?
West Side Story is available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.
Related: Rita Moreno Talks West Side Story Remake & Season 3 of Netflix’s One Day at a Time
Who streams the original West Side Story?
West Side Story is unavailable for free streaming as of this writing, although it was previously featured on HBO Max.
Is the original West Side Story on TV?
According to TV Guide, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air the original West Side Story on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. That’s the same day the new West Side Story bows in theaters. (Double feature, anyone?)
How to watch the original West Side Story on DVD
When Spielberg’s remake hits cinemas on Dec. 10, it’ll be almost 50 years to the day after its L.A. premiere. If you’re feeling super-nostalgic (or if you’re looking for a great holiday gift for West Side Story superfans!), there’s a 50th anniversary, limited-edition box set available for purchase as well.
Who is in the original West Side Story cast?
The original West Side Story film cast includes:
Natalie Wood as Maria
Rita Moreno as Anita
Richard Beymer as Tony
Russ Tamblyn (yep, father to Amber Tamblyn!) as Riff
George Chakiris as Bernardo
William Bradley as Police Sergeant Krupke
Simon Oakland as Police Lieutenant Schrank
Ned Glass as Doc
Jose De Vega as Chino
Tommy Abbott as Gee-Tar
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 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 Anybody’s
Jaime Rogers as Loco
Larry Roquemore as Rocco
Tucker Smith as Ice
Andre Tayir as Chile
Anthony “Scooter” Teague as Big Deal
Robert Thompson as Luis
Gina Trikonis as Graziella
Gus Trikonis as Indio
Eddie Verso as Juano
Yvonne Wilder as Consuelo
David Winters as A-Rab
Wood and Moreno’s singing was dubbed in the film by vocalists Marni Nixon and Betty Ward, respectively. 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 musical number, “I Feel Pretty,” here:
The original film has come under fire in more recent times for its majority-white casting, including those playing Puerto Rican characters. Moreno, who actually is Puerto Rican, was still put in brownface to play Anita.
Moreno recalled in a 2017 interview, “We all had the same color makeup, it was a very different time. I remember saying to the makeup man one day—because it was like putting mud on my face, it was really dark and I’m a fairly fair Hispanic—and I said to the makeup man one day, ‘My God! Why do we all have to be the same color? Puerto Ricans are French and Spanish…’ And it’s true, we are very many different colors, we’re Taino Indian, we are Black, some of us.” The makeup team’s response to Moreno was less than ideal. “And the makeup man actually said to me, ‘What? Are you a racist?'” she recalled. “I was so flabbergasted that I couldn’t come back with an answer.”
Is the original West Side Story PG?
The original West Side Story from 1961 was unrated at the time, but likely would nab a PG-13 rating today due to suggestive themes and violence.
What is the main message of West Side Story?
West Side Story is a denouncement of violence (especially, obviously, gang violence) and a plea for cultural and racial tolerance. Modern interpretations and productions of the musical (originally created for the stage) also cite gun violence specifically as a theme that’s unfortunately all too current today.
The story also examines the plight of immigrants (though Puerto Rico is a United States territory), but the experiences depicted in the 1961 original weren’t necessarily that of Puerto Ricans at the time—likely at least in part because composer Stephen Sondheim confessed that he’d never even met a Puerto Rican person before writing the songs for the musical.
Why was the original West Side Story so groundbreaking?
As a Broadway musical, West Side Story was more cinematic at the time than anything that had come before it, and the dancing at the center of its storyline made it stand out from other musicals in which the choreography was often more incidental than crucial to the plot.
How can I watch West Side Story 2021?
The new West Side Story will be released exclusively in theaters on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. It was originally slated for a Christmas 2020 release but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Is there a new West Side Story trailer?
Several teasers and trailers have been released for the 2021 West Side Story. Below, we can see trouble brewing between the Sharks and the Jets (who look much more menacing than their 1961 counterparts did!), with the police promising to crack down on the violence between the rival gangs.
In the first official trailer for the film, we see Maria singing “Tonight, Tonight” from her balcony. She then tells her family how she wants to make a life and a home in New York City as she gets ready for a dance, complete with Anita helping her get dressed. Her brother warns her that he will hurt “the first gringo boy that smiles at [Maria],” and just after, we see her lock eyes with Tony at the dance. She tells him she doesn’t know him because he isn’t Puerto Rican, to which Tony replies, “Is that OK?”
Then we see the violence and anger between the groups emerge, with the Jets lamenting how their neighborhoods and businesses are being overrun and the Sharks demanding loyalty to their families and groups.
Who is in the new West Side Story cast?
The new West Side Story cast includes:
Ansel Elgort as Tony
Rachel Zegler as Maria
Ariana DeBose as Anita
David Alvarez as Bernardo
Rita Moreno as Valentina
Brian D’arcy James as Officer Krupke
Corey Stoll as Lieutenant Schrank
Mike Faist as Riff
Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino
Iris Menas as Anybodys
David Aviles Morales as Aníbal
Sebastian Serra as Braulio
Is the new West Side Story streaming?
The 2021 version of West Side Story will run exclusively in theaters upon its release, and its streaming future remains unclear. It was produced by 20th Century Films, a subsidiary of Disney. This means it could stream on any service owned by the House of Mouse, including Disney+ and Hulu, upon the end of its theatrical run.
However, Spielberg partnered with Netflix for his Amblin Partners company in 2021, so it remains to be seen which streaming giant will ultimately own the rights to the 2021 West Side Story.
Is the new West Side Story PG?
The new West Side Story (2021) is rated PG-13 for similar themes as the original, including suggestive dialogue and violence.
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