Re: I didn't know Spielberg was directing West Side Story
He's never made a musical, unless one of his last 4 movies was a musical and I just wasn't paying attention (or Tintin? everything else I've either seen or I'm at least sure it's not a musical) but did Robert Wise make a musical before West Side Story? That was something like his 27th movie.
Whether or not this movie will be any good it's supposed to be closer to the stage play than the old movie was. The big announced change that I know of is replacing Doc with a female character played by Rita Moreno.