In a brand new, behind-the-scenes clip from the upcoming home media release of the film, West Side Story's producers and nonbinary trans actor iris menas (who plays Anybodys), gives us an inside look at how the character of Anybodys was updated and crafted for a modern audience.
"I have always questioned the gender of Anybodys," menas said. "It felt like to me, it was a trans character. Of course, I'm a nonbinary trans person, so I'm always looking for representation of myself or my community in musical theater."
"We always heard people say Anybodys is the first trans character in American musicals," writer and executive producer Tony Kushner said of the original character, who was created in the original 1957 Broadway production by playwright Arthur Laurents. "There is something that is gender-questioning or genderfluid about the original conception of the character."