2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
Original Broadway Version (1957)
Young lovers are caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in this seminalretelling of Romeo and Juliet.
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of
the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.
book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by
Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is
widely regarded as one of the best ever written.
The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark
Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is
transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers
find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American"
Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world
of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative,
heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Highlighting the talents of a young ensemble cast, West Side Story has found popularity in schools as well as professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway's finest--its songs part of the nation's musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers (a guide featuring the original choreography is available for rental). And with a reduced orchestration and transpositions on demand, this masterpiece is easier to mount than ever before!
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After Colm Wilkinson sang "Bring Him Home" from LES MISERABLES for the first time in rehearsal, director Trevor Nunn said, "See? I told you this show is about God." One of the actors responded, "Yes, but you didn’t tell us you engaged him to sing it."