Watch: Insider's Look at Paul Tazewell's 'West Side Story' Costumes

Thursday January 20, 2022

Paul Tazewell's costume renderings for "West Side Story."
Paul Tazewell's costume renderings for "West Side Story."  (Source:DKC O&M)

Wondering how Paul Tazewell's dramatic costumes came to life for Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" remake? Watch a short documentary-style feature in which the Tony- and Emmy Award-winning designer shares his creative process.

Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, "West Side Story" tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d'Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (María). Moreno — one of only three artists to be honored with Academy, Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Peabody Awards — also serves as one of the film's executive producers.

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film's creative team includes Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and Grammy Award winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award-nominated composer and conductor David Newman ("Anastasia"), who arranged the score, Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home," "Thoroughly Modern Millie"), who supervised the cast on vocals; and Grammy-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan ("Beauty and the Beast," "Chicago"), who serves as executive music producer for the film.