‘West Side Story’ Shows Off the First “Anita” Photo

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Ariana DeBose stars as Anita in ‘West Side Story’ (Photo Courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

20th Century Fox and Steven Spielberg released the first official West Side Story photo of Ariana DeBose in character as Anita. Rita Moreno won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for playing Anita in the 1961 feature film.

Moreno returns for the 2020 musical in the role of Valentina and also serves as an executive producer.

The cast of the 2020 West Side Story is led by Ansel Elgort as Tony, Rachel Zegler as Maria, David Alvarez as Sharks leader Bernardo, and Mike Faist as the leader of the Jets, Riff. Corey Stoll’s on board as Lietenant Schrank, Brian d’Arcy James is Officer Krupke, Curtiss Cook stars as Abe, and Ana Isabelle plays Rosalia. Ezra Menas is Anybodys, Ben Cook plays Mouthpiece, Sean Harrison Jones is Action, Patrick Higgins is Baby John, and Julius Anthony Rubio is Quique.

Ricardo Zayas is Chago, Josh Andrés Rivera is Chino, Sebastian Serra is Braulio, and Carlos Sánchez Falú plays Pipo.

Oscar winner Steven Spielberg directs and Oscar nominee/Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner adapted the screenplay from the 1957 Broadway musical. The original musical was written by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Tony winner Justin Peck is choreographing the 2020 film adaptation. Kevin McCollum and Kristie Macosko Krieger are producing, and Gustavo Dudamel is charged with conducting Bernstein’s score. Oscar nominee David Newman (Anastasia) is arranging the score and Tony winner Jeanine Tesori is assisting the cast on vocals. Grammy nominee Matt Sullivan (Chicago, Beauty and the Beast) is the film’s executive music producer.

20th Century Fox and Disney will release the latest take on the classic musical love story on December 18, 2020.

The Plot:

“An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, West Side Story explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York.”