“West Side Story” Wraps Production

Steven Spielberg. Photo by Stewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock (9478325aq)

It’s a wrap!

Production on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story officially ended on September 28, and to mark the occasion the prolific director took to social media and shared some words of gratitude. 

“This has been a journey without precedence: a joyful, stunning, moving, endlessly surprising encounter with the story and score of one of the world’s greatest musicals,” Spielberg wrote. “My brilliantly talented, fiercely committed, generous and apparently inexhaustible cast and crew of hundreds have given our film everything they’ve got, and already I can say that the film we’ll be releasing on December 18, 2020, owes everything to them as does its immensely grateful director.”

“The city lent us its beauty and its energy, and we drew deeply upon its grand, multicultural, multifaceted spirit,” he added. “To the people of New York and Paterson, thanks not only for putting up with our trailers, tents, cranes, and mid-street dance sequences; from the bottom of my heart, thanks for the warm welcomes we encountered everywhere, from pedestrians and policemen and neighborhoods and kids. We couldn’t have made our musical without you.”

West Side Story stars Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), and David Alvarez (Bernardo).